Julia Romie - Grade 10, Centerville High School
I am a firm believer in dreams. I believe that when you put your mind to it, anything is possible. Although life can disrupt my dreams, it can also make my dreams come true. For this reason, I fantasize about my future, materializing limitless, joyful worlds in my head. However, dreams rarely happen spontaneously; they come from planning, work, and opportunity. To be successful, I have created a highly versatile plan that can help me conquer challenges of all sizes and shapes- a secret weapon for my life, or at least for my teenage years.
First, the plan addresses what I can control: my refusal to lose myself to the passage of time. I will stay true to my values: being respectful, responsible, honest, hardworking, fair, and loving.
Second, my plan focuses on everyday life. I will live with a positive attitude and fight to improve my mind, body, character, and soul, maintaining a high work ethic and a pleasant demeanor. It won’t be easy or infallible, but with luck, I’ll be able to emerge from high school with the ability to achieve what I want in life.
The third portion of my plan is for encountering metaphorical roadblocks, for facing them with grace. As the old adage states, “This too shall pass.” When I reach a roadblock, all I can control is my response, because no matter what, life goes on. For example, I have been slammed with several school projects at once before, and I will be again. However, I will use my plan to overcome this by remembering that eventually, the deadline will come and go whether I do the projects or not. By employing this frame of mind, I will spend less time worrying so much about doing everything and instead focus on completing as many projects as possible before the deadline.
At school, a constant roadblock is negativity. Negativity is wildly contagious- I can be having a great day, but if I see a few people complaining or acting visibly negative, my mood quickly starts to worsen. I love the song, “Singin’ in the Rain,” which says, “Let the stormy clouds chase everyone from the place; come on with the rain, I've a smile on my face.” This is an excellent metaphor for how I want to live my life- singing despite bad weather. The song teaches unflinching cheerfulness in the face of darkness and problems, which I will attempt by smiling and laughing away the negativity of my peers.
In this way, my plan illustrates Dottie Yeck’s philosophy of Being Good + Doing Good = Having Fun + Being Happy. I will try to represent “Being Good” with my character and personality, while “Doing Good” will be in the future. My plan will be a tool to do good in the world and achieve my goals. If I can be good and do good, I will have fun and be happy, because in my future, I will achieve the dreams that I can only fantasize about now.