Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I’m not saying that I have the moral high ground of how I interact with people; I’m just saying that the way JH is run—with dozens of people gathered for kinetic and highly social activities for three or more concentrated hours on a daily basis—causes me to not crave staying connected in cyberspace since I invest much time staying connected in “humanspace.” That’s part of why I make a big deal out of learning and using names at JH while asking the kids to avoid using electronics. Our modern lives are often isolated enough; real-life, human-to-human contact is what sets JH apart from social media.
So, while someday I may have the energy to dive in and get a Facebook (and discern how many hundreds of “friends” I should accept), I’ll meanwhile focus my social energy on the mutual blessing of live, interpersonal human contact.
Whether you’re a Jughead for a single year or a decade, the time will prove to fly by when all is said and done. Take advantage of every chance to be involved, from attending Jingle Jam to creating a routine for the Winter Showcase to going to camps & festivals as time (and money) allows. Every club day, every season, every year, and every individual career offers such promise. Learn to initiate your goals, ideas, involvement, progress, and friendships. Don’t sit back and wait to be helped or to advance or to make friends; ask for help and start friendships. If you dream to be a student leader or a Juggle Jam soloist or to graduate as a Jughead, let the coaches, assistants & volunteers help you.
I’ve heard it said, “The world belongs to those who show up.” Kids, “show up” this year. Whether you stop juggling by the end of middle school or you juggle through senior year, end with your heads held high—with no regrets.