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CHS Junior - Student Columnist
By Stephanie Madden

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.

Are we lost?

We have all been faced with the issue of making decisions and determining if a person is good for you or not, and we all run into the same problem; how do you know? Usually, we use personal experience to tackle the situation and take our own best course of action, but somewhere down the line someone will tell us we are making the wrong decisions, and reconsider how we feel. When do you take the time to listen, and when do you tell them that you know best.

This week I attempted my usual work out routine, specially formulated for someone who doesn’t want to overwork themselves too much in the gym. On Thursday I decided to take one of the fitness classes, one that I had not tried in a long time, and found myself weighed down and unable to finish the class. My body was tired, my mind was unmotivated, and I was disappointed in myself. After feeling the effects of the workout the next day I heard both “you just don’t work out hard enough” to “you need to stretch”, which was an outside opinion, but definitely not how I was feeling on the inside. I took some days off and again Sunday attempted another fitness class with one of my good friends, and had great success, mentally and physically. I am not a motivational speaker by any means, because I could be one of the least motivated people in the world at times, but I understand how it feels to be confused and not know what advice to take.

At 17 this is the time in life when I have half way figured out what I should be doing with my life, with some direction from the outside, but I have learned that it never gets any easier to carry out what needs to be done.

I had a particularly interesting time when I realized that I was sitting in a college class this year, and had completely neglected to enroll in the program. Of course the year before I wasn’t paying attention and completely missed the meeting, but in one day I was faced with either changing my schedule or getting into the program really fast. Of course I realized with all of the initiative I thought I had this year, I had completely forgotten one very vital part of being in the class, making sure the computer knows I exist. Long story short, I ended up getting enrolled in the class, with not much help from any outside party, but I really put myself at an extreme disadvantage with one moment of laziness.

Part of growing up and being our own person, is realizing there are a lot of things that no one else is going to take care of for us. Parents, you have all seen us as independent young adults one day and pouting babies the next, it is not because we are immature, it is because we are just lost and confused.

The are times when we have weak moments of working out, and times when people tell us to get our courses in shape or we could lose a credit, but we are not alone, there is a whole group of us out there tripping up every now and then. We should really be proud of ourselves though, for eventually figuring everything out or finding our motivation. Whether our motivation is the skinny blonde keeping up with the routine or a deadline you need to meet, it is always good to set markers and reach our limits. If you don’t know where your limits are, you will never know you tried your best.


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