Taking risks and branching out

In Editorials on January 6, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Growing and becoming a well-rounded person is part of becoming an adult. Photo courtesy of Kristen Hegel

By: Kristen Hegel

            Helen Keller once said, “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” As much as we all try to lead adventurous lives and try new things, many of us remain stuck to the norm. Being open-minded and branching out is a very important quality to me, and I also think it should be important to others as well.

            High school is the point in our lives where we really begin to have the opportunity to try new things, get involved with activities and meet new people. This is the age where we start developing into who we will become for the rest of our adult lives; now is the time to begin practicing habits that will help us live an adventurous life.

            First off, the phrase “try new things” is very vague and can imply many things. In this case, vague is good; it means there are many things in which you can try. Whether it be trying new foods or picking up a new hobby, you can never go wrong. The worst possible thing that could happen is that you don’t like it. You never know if something you try is about to become a major interest and/or hobby in your life.

            Trying new things should also apply to school. Whether it is trying new classes, joining a club or befriending new people, you could be discovering something that could spark your interest. Throughout high school, I have taken a variety of classes which have given me new interests and new friends. I challenge you to do the same, because you never know when you’ll stumble upon something that you enjoy doing. For seniors who are venturing off to their next step, I challenge you to do the same wherever life takes you.

              Growing and becoming a well-rounded person is part of becoming an adult. Trying new things and being open-minded is a part of branching out and leading a productive, adventurous life. Are you going to let your life be a daring adventure, or nothing?


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