On Success

I saw a tweet the other day that said something like “It’s so refreshing to see people that aren’t young hitting it big and achieving their dreams” and honestly, I could relate.

Books and movies make it seem like if your dreams don’t come true by a certain age, it’ll never happen. As if there’s an expiry date on success.


Our choices do not define us, but they do shape us. Whether they were good or bad, they taught us something and that lesson is why we are who we are.

Speaking to a friend of mine, the conversation soon got deeper than we intended and he posed a question: would our morals still be the same if the environment we grew up in had been different?
I’d like to say yes. I like to think that I’d still believe the things I believe even if my life and experiences had been different. I like to imagine that I’d still make the same choices and have the same priorities.
Although the truth is that they might not be. If I’d grown up surrounded by murder and thievery, I might think that sort of behavior is okay. If I were raised to believe that racism and sexism and other forms of discrimination are normal, I might believe that it is.
There are stories of people who grew up in a bad environment and decided that they want to be different. It is possible to become someone other than the role models you had as a child, you just have to want it enough.
That prompts another question: is it possible for people to change? Some people believe that who we are is engrained in us so deeply that it can never be uprooted. Others believe that people really are capable of change, depending on the circumstance.
I’m actually not sure what I believe. Maybe what we believe can be changed, but the way we act on these beliefs cannot. Maybe it depends on the person: some people can change, but some are too stuck in their ways.
Sometimes we have thoughts like this. Usually late at night when we’re the only ones awake or in the shower early in the morning. But they leave a funny effect on you, since absolutely nobody can answer the but you.



The political world is kind of a mess right now. So much so that it’s hard to figure out what’s actually going on if you don’t spend every second of the day glued to the newspapers. As students, we don’t really have time to read newspapers all day, but it is critical for us to be updated.

We are the new generation. In a few years, we will be in positions of power, positions where we can make changes. How can we be expected to do that when we don’t even know what’s going on in the world?
Yes, politics is not the most interesting subject and few people are actually interested in it, but it’s a very important subject.
When students are educated about the way their governments run, they are more engaged. When young people understand the importance of voting and political alliances they are able to make informed decisions about what they feel is best for them.
Governments that are supported by their people are governments that are successful. Governments with interactive bodies are governments that can maintain control over a well-functioning society.
Teaching students about the difference they can make politically is teaching students that they have a voice and the ability to make a change. When students feel they are able to get somewhere with something they’d like to do, they are excited to partake.
We cannot be expected to make decisions about who we want to run our countries when we are not educated about who runs our country. We cannot build a better, more successful society without knowing the grassroots.