Mr. Stewart

The Last Word

After reviewing the final posts of the year, I discovered a common theme of opinion about Shakespeare’s writing. Many of you found his use of language difficult and therefore, “boring” or inaccessible. I would urge you to think about the implications of this school of thought. What will happen in your life if you shy away from anything that is the least bit challenging?

Time and again you are told to challenge yourselves, so this is nothing new. I will say that the people we look up to and aspire to be like are all people who have challenged themselves.

In your social and personal lives, the right decision is always the more difficult decision. College admissions boards are always on the lookout for students who challenge themselves academically. Employers provide promotions and corner offices to those who work the hardest and accept the biggest challenges.

Avoid always taking the path of least resistance. You will never experience your full potential until you put yourself through some adversity.

In the words of John F. Kennedy when speaking of the nation’s lofty goals in the 1960s said, “We chose to go to the moon and to do these other things not because the are easy, but BECAUSE they are hard.”

In the words of Robert Frost, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

Finally, I wish that you take monumental challenges in the coming years. This year, I have seen what each and every one of you is capable of doing when you put your mind to something , whether it’s a thoughtful blog post, a school fundraiser, a performance in a play, or in a school sport. You all have incredible potential. I leave you with the words of Edward Abbey who said:

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.  May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.”

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