A Word of Encouragement

Christopher Wilson | Contributor

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MARCH, 2017

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For most students, they have returned from their Spring Break vacations and have already been swamped in a workload that would make your head spin. Although it may be the last quarter of the school year, you would assume that everyone would grind even harder so that it will be worth it in the end. However, this is not the case. For many of us, we have already given our extra ten percent for this school year and have decided to relax for the remainder of this school year until Summer vacation.

The reason why I have decided to write on this topic would be to encourage everyone—students, parents, even myself— not to give up on their goals that they have set for this year, but to continue giving it their all, even if it seems as if they have no energy left to do so.

“I am here to accomplish, not merely think on the matter” – anonymous

Some of you may be thinking right now: Why should I listen to him? He doesn’t know half of the things that I have to do in a single day! If you are one of those people, I would agree with you because I would not know what you accomplish in a day, let alone in an hour! But, I can empathize with you on how exhausted you must be.

Encouragement, to most people, may sound like an easy thing to do. or #Don’tWhineJustGrind!

One thing that would remedy that amount of exhaustion would be: encouragement. Encouragement, to most people, may sound like an easy thing to do. All you are simply saying to yourself or others are words that will motivate you or that other person to continue doing whatever it is that is positive. In my opinion, it is not as easy as it seems if you do not believe that your circumstances will get better. For example, I have worked extremely hard on a Sonatina for my piano festival that is at the end of this month. After returning from Spring Break, I noticed that some of my skills that were not as perfect as they were before I left for break. I remember sitting at the piano and contemplating over whether I should give up or if I should just make up for lost time because I had come too far to give up now. It was in that moment that I realized how far I had actually come in my piece and that I could not abandon it with a lazy excuse.

Christopher Wilson

Christopher Wilson

Student and Writer | Overton High School

I see myself in the near future pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems at a prestigious
university and being a New York Times best-selling author of my own novel series.

Just those minor, but powerful words caused my skills to strengthen tremendously and now, I can rest assured of how I will do at the upcoming festival. So, similar to how most people make New Year Resolutions, I want to challenge everyone— including you— to motivate another person to not give up because they are tired, but to keep going so that in the end, it will pay off in a positive way.

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