By Kassidy Young
The Charter Opinion Column
“New year, new me” I’m sure you’ve all heard this many times these past few weeks. You’ve probably also heard about how 2016 was the “worst year ever,” when in reality it has been just like every other year, however our society is only remembering the negative of it. They’re only showing us all the horrible things that happened this past year, when there is so much to rejoice about it, and there is so much to look forward to in this coming year.
“So far this year has been all work no play.” said Anna Krieske “I’ve been miserable and stressed out most of the time, and the lack of attention being paid to students complaints is disheartening. However I have hope next year will be different. That I can enjoy learning again and perhaps find teachers I can actually learn from at CCC. I have hope for next year because I know not to make the same mistakes I did this year.”
I know many of you are dreading this coming year. Many of you are scared for what it could hold, for what may or may not happen. And I encourage each and every one of you to hold onto hope for 2017 because if we are all dreading this next year nothing will come out of it. Instead of dreading this up and coming year, I want us as a community to rejoice in what it could be, in what it has the opportunity of being. It’s a blank canvas, just waiting for someone to write on it. And I believe it’s waiting for us. This year is waiting for us to make a change.
As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope”. Sometimes all we have is to hold onto our hope, whether it’s hope that things will change or that our futures will turn out as planned. But often I feel as if we just hope things work out. We don’t stand up for it. We don’t try to make a change we wish to see. That’s why I believe that this year is going to be great. I believe this year is going to be the year of change. This will be the year that as a community we will stand up for what we believe in.
“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extra extraordinary destiny”
Krieske, Annelise. in person interview.
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