For all Wyverns– Students, Teachers, Coaches, Faculty, Staff, Parents, Alumni, Family Members, Everyone.
Be kind to one another. Don’t take this with a grain of salt. This is important. Instead of pointing out that this girl used too much contour or that person couldn’t lift 100 pounds in the weight room or that kid couldn’t remember how to play all the notes in their scales, understand that everyone has a different talent and is starting off at a different point. What may come easy to you might be hard for someone else. Progress takes time and effort, so don’t bring other people down.
You have the power to forgive, so use it. Don’t forgive and forget everything, because you won’t be doing yourself any favors, but as time goes on, try to move on from or let go of past grudges and disagreements that are bringing you down. Not everything can be easily resolved, but some of the lighter issues in our lives can actually have a serious impact if we worry about them for too long.
Listen to the school’s mission statement and core values. Dean of Students Will Gilyard brings them up whenever he can, and for good reason. They were designed to motivate us, all of us, to be the best versions of ourselves that we can be. Even if you don’t always follow them, don’t let that get you down. Use your low moments as learning opportunities and strive to be better, even if that’s not always realistic or possible 100% of the time.
Don’t be afraid to challenge someone. You’re in math class and you know you have the right answer while your peer is calling out the wrong one– challenge them. You’re on the court and your opponent is insinuating hurtful comments toward you or a teammate– challenge them. Your student believes they can slide by in your class with an easy A and put in minimal effort– challenge them. Your friend is about to make a really bad decision, whatever it may be– challenge them. There are numerous ways to challenge the people around you, so do it. (Of course, do so politely.) Tough times are when we learn the most about ourselves, especially when we are challenging others and forcing them to look at their situation from an outside perspective.
Make that personal New Year’s Resolution. There has been a lot of talk in the media recently about the ineffectiveness and outdatedness of New Year’s Resolutions. They have some valid points; while New Year’s Resolutions may not be for everyone, which is certainly okay, they can still be useful for some, which is also okay. If you are interested in but unsure of a resolution, think about one thing you would like to improve in your life and give yourself 30 days to make some progress. Set little goals for yourself each day, gradually increasing your expectations, and before you know it, the month will be up! Then, if you want to keep going, go for it. Otherwise, congratulate yourself on the progress you’ve made.
Don’t beat yourself up. If you mess up, no worries! Again, we are just people. We make mistakes, it’s natural, that’s how we learn. If you, for example, have a resolution not to eat cookies and you eat seven cookies on your third day of trying, don’t give up. Don’t be mad at yourself. Accept the fact you ate seven cookies and move on. The next day is a new day, go back to not eating cookies.
Stop. Take the time to breathe. That’s it.
Balance your life out. If you’re stretching yourself thin, make the careful decision to pull back from some activities. On the other hand, if you have a lot of free time and are constantly bored, take up a new class, hobby, activity. Examples: trying a new sport, collecting vintage shirts, knitting, taking a cooking class, joining a book club, taking a scuba diving, EMT, or some other kind of cool course, reading one news article every day, finding out more about politics, joining a gym, taking a 15 minute walk every day, learning a new language, etc.
Be true to yourself, not society. Now in these days, no one knows what they’re doing, and society’s rules and expectations certainly aren’t helping. If you like the changes you’re making, then you’re good. If you like the way you already are and no one else does, then you’re good. If you like the way you are and you also happen to be in line with society’s expectations, then you’re also good. If you like yourself, then you are good because your self-image is what matters. As long as you aren’t hurting anyone or anything, just keep doing what you’re doing and have faith in yourself.
If you just read this editorial and rolled your eyes or groaned a hundred times because it’s, admittedly, corny, stop! These are little changes that can have a much greater impact on your happiness and self-esteem, which have been, admittedly, a little low around campus lately.
The KO News believes that by maintaining a positive attitude and being kind to one another, we are all one step closer to having a wonderful 2020!