Words of encouragement for school year

Published 8:30 pm Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Dear editor,

Well, it is that time again: the early mornings and late nights all associated with school. As I like saying, “It is what it is,” and this is not stated in a negative tone. I would like to take this opportunity to celebrate your awesomeness (if there is such a word). As a young person who will one day become an adult, you should be celebrated for your accomplishments both past and present.

I will be the first to admit that there will be times when you ask the question, “Why?” There will be times when you question, “Is it worth it?” “Why me?” Or you might convince yourself that you cannot take it anymore—that it is just too hard. All that I have stated, and I am sure there are more, should be erased from your mind and your vocabulary.

I want you to understand that you are a gift to this world. Know that you are special and believe in yourself. Trust me; I have been there. As a person taunted as a child, the last one picked for a team, teased by what I wore to school for a time and a few other personal issues, my goal is to communicate to you that there are better days ahead for you if you are that person. Understand that you are more powerful than the many and you will be more successful than the one or few who attempts to wreak havoc upon your world.

My friends, never take this life or this world for granted, for we only come this way once. Heed these words: walking away, not acknowledging, not texting takes power. Social media is a great tool, so use it to your advantage. Use it to accentuate the positive and negate the negative.

In conclusion, I would like to challenge you to be the person you aspire to be. I understand that there will be trials and tribulations, and you will survive because you have the strength and power to. We have walked the path and know that we are walking the path with you now.

Here’s an early congratulations on a successful school year.

Jefferson Varner III, U.S. Army Retired