By: Ralph B. Davisrdavis@civitasmedia.com
January 25, 2013
We had a Tuesday through Friday schedule this week, thanks to the holiday dedicated to celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Although to some, it was just an excuse for a paid holiday- for many it was an important day to reflect on American history and how far we’ve come.
Anyone can tell you that his most famous and quotable quote was from the beginning of his “I have a dream” speech. He spent his entire adult life trying to make a difference for what he believed was the right thing. His dream seemed almost unattainable at the time, but he never gave up. As we all know, it really paid off in the end. I can’t help but think that everyone at Belfry High School is a potential future MLKJ. I’m sure he didn’t wake up one morning and think to himself “I want to become famous for defending what I believe to be the most basic human rights.” He developed his success through years of observing, learning, and taking action.
High school is a time where you can really begin “dreaming” as well as making the dream a reality. One of the most popular conversation starters for an adult talking to a senior is: “What do you want to do when you finish school?” It may only have the intention of creating small talk, but it’s a question that has endless possibilities. If you plan to change the world, high school is a good place to start. Not only do you get a glimpse of how life outside of school will be when completing your final year, but you can also begin searching for your place in it.
Not everyone will go on to become famous or extremely wealthy, and that’s just fine. Everyone can make the world a better place, or at least the part of the world that knows them. Martin Luther King didn’t only want to see the end of segregation; he wanted to see people treat one another fairly. His goal caused a huge amount of chaos, and he still managed to get his point across enough so that it was eventually accomplished. More than likely, the goals and dreams of my fellow classmates will not generate anywhere near the trouble that his did. So if he could go after what he wanted regardless of the consequences, is there any real way to validate not going after what we want?
In life high school is the last step you’re actually required to take. After that, it’s up to you. I hope that in ten years everyone in my graduating class of 2013 can come back to the class reunion and share what type of positive influence they are creating in our country and world. I’ve always heard that you should be the change you wish to see in the world, and I hope that my generation never loses sight of that concept.