“What’s your most impressive accomplishment?”
That’s the question one of my tennis coaches asked me a few days ago. Unsurprisingly, I stood there, speechless, unable to answer. What is my most impressive accomplishment? How am I supposed to know what is truly impressive? In fact, what can I even consider an accomplishment?
Was it my writing and maintaining a blog, like he suggested? Of course I love this blog, and I would say that it is one of my most impressive accomplishments, but I’m not sure if it’s the most impressive accomplishment. I don’t think my parents would be that proud of this blog. They would probably say the straight A’s I garnered sophomore year are my biggest feat – but aren’t they just grades? I worked hard to get them and yet, many people attain straight A’s, some without even trying.
The point I’m trying to make is that what is impressive to one person can be completely worthless to another. That being established, what’s impressive, and what’s important, is really what matters to me. What is something that I can do to make myself proud? Something that I can proclaim that I am impressed by, that is my most amazing achievement?
Lately I’ve been doing some soul-searching concerning what I want from my life, and I believe I’ve found the answer. Granted, it may change, as these things do, but for now, here’s what it is: I want to make a difference. I want to cause positive social change, and consequently help people who are suffering.
I know, so unoriginal. So preachy. But this is who I am and who I want to be, and by the time I die I want to be able to say “I did it. I made a difference. I made this person’s life better, and this person’s life better, and this person’s life better. I am proud of myself, and I’ve accomplished amazing things.”
So this is my one resolution for the year 2012: I will work toward that goal that’s in bold above. I’m still a teenager in high school so I doubt I can make much change at this point, but I will work hard so that I can get to that point. I will exert as much effort as possible in school to obtain the best opportunities for myself, I will read and write as much as I can to improve my English skills for whatever profession I will have, and I will learn and live and live and learn – so that one day, I will be able to make a difference.
I will make a difference.
Thoughts? What are your resolutions? Once again I hope everyone is having a great New Years Eve and will have equally fantastic New Years Day!