Growth is what life and education are all about. In my opinion, growth in everything you do should be your ultimate goal. Everyone tries to be better or just like their friends, a celebrity, or a role model. Truth is, we are all our own people. Each and every one of us is put on this earth to be their own individuals. I have a role model, as I hope everyone does. My grandpa is the person I look up to. Well, a couple weeks ago he organized a speech at my church. The speech was given by an old friend and my cousin now in college. They both have been through a lot, their own stories, their own life experiences. The idea of the speech was to talk about choices youth face in our world today. One of the key points I took away from that speech was; What do you want your name to represent? Your name is the one thing that you own, and no one can argue that. When you hear someone say your name in the hall way or through texting, you hope what is being said is positive things, not negative. I went home that night and thought, I want people to say I’m an honest, caring, and positive person. Everyone can be who they want to be, represent their name the way they choose to.
When we’re born, you start off as a little fraction of this world. Your body is tiny, brain is tiny, and your image in this world is tiny. Starting with preschool, kindergarten, then grade school. You have to work your way up to the top. Learning basic things like colors, body parts, addition, subtraction, shapes, etc. You slowly develop through the school years into something bigger and better. Each school is a different difficulty in things you learn. Middle school you grow into being mature enough to start high school, then after high school is the real world. Being exposed to the real world is like an incentive, you have been in school for about fourteen years, trying to be at an adult level like everyone else, to grow into what you want to be, how you want to live your life. Now you are a part of the world. You are noticed and contribute to the happenings around you. An adult, making your own decisions. Getting better in everything you do is the only way to succeed in life. Progress in the way you learn, think, act, feel.
No one is better than everyone else. You just can’t be “number one”. You can try your best at everything you do, practice skills to become better, grow into something bigger and better. If you ever make a mistake, change things. Everyone makes mistakes large and small. Change your ways, don’t ever repeat what you did wrong and learn from your mistakes. Get better. Be the bigger person. No one stops growing. You can always learn from experiences. So what do you want your name to represent? Who do you want to be? What do you want to do with your life? Take nothing for granted, life is short. Getting better in all you do, growing in every way, you can succeed.