|A Pace Odyssey||
On January 26, 2020, a helicopter crash claimed the lives of basketball star Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others that were one the flight. It happened suddenly on a trip to a basketball game and the whole world was taken by surprise. Not only was a world-wide athletic star killed, but an inspiration for so many people and the father of a family. Along with him and his daughter, several other teens and mothers were killed in the crash leaving many families without loved ones.
This kind of a topic is a tough one to discuss because it relates to death. However, death is a reality of life and no one knows when their time will come of what day could be their last. Bad things happen and there is often little we can do to prevent them. Living safely and healthy are preventative methods, but accidents can happen to anyone. It is part of being human.
My questions to you relate around the topic of living in the moment. Is there a time you were involved in an accident or scary situation? Could it have gone differently? What do you believe about living in the moment? Why do bad things happen? How do you want to be remembered?
As seniors, we are about to learn about a whole new level of independence after graduation. Many of us will go to college or find a full-time job, start paying bills for school or rent, and live with roommates who will most likely be strangers. With this major shift in life, it is crucial that we start planning and preparing, emotionally and physically, for these new, adult responsibilities we will inevitably have to face.
But how do we prepare? It is difficult to plan our future when we only have our imagination to form it. We need experience and knowledge of our occupational interests, especially when we are in high school. We also need to know how to budget so that we do not go into debt when we pay taxes and other bills.
We should also be excited about the new opportunities adulthood will bring. College offers a variety of courses and clubs, and there are hundreds of thousands of interesting jobs to consider. My questions for you are as follows: Where do you see yourself in five years? What sort of activities do you see yourself participating in? How do you feel about our next big change? What personal strengths do you rely on when facing a new challenge? What support system do you plan on using? What are the most meaningful steps are you taking to prepare? What opportunities do you wish you could have pursued to prepare that were simply not available to you?