I would so love to have a time machine. We live in world today were nobody cares about themselves, their neighbors, their community. I’ve always considered myself to have 1950’s-ish small town values; It appalls me what happens in today’s world.
People really need to take a more active roll in the their community. That, I believe, has become of the root of a lot of socioeconomic problems in today’s world. Drugs, misbehavior, loss of care, loss of community. When we get involved in the community, we network and connect. We find things to do with our time other than do drugs, watch TV, give attention where attention isn’t deserved.
I won’t claim I know everything about the ’50s. But from what I can infer, we had a moral backbone in this country, a country that today doesn’t even have a moral pinky finger. We went from we earned 100% of our money and paid taxes to programs that virtually feed the laziness. We give people a home, food, utilities, and MORE for absolutely no cost to them, but a huge burden on those that have had their taxes raised and raised to support these lazy people.
I like earning my money, sure I borrow a few dollars here and there. What I’d say a lot of people don’t know is that I’m poor. I’m NOT using this as a “feel sorry for me” call, but to set an example as to what others should be. I live off foodstamps, and my grandmother has graciously let me and my mother live in one of her old homes. The bills do manage to get paid, thankfully. Disclaimer: My mother is looking for a job, and the prospects are looking, as she called a potential employer that might need her in a few weeks.
In the midst of all this hardship, I still have refuge among my friends in the community of Olive Hill, Ky. The group of people I have come to know and love have become part of my family. When I get involved and see how happy everybody else is, it makes me happy. I forget about my “home life,” and how depressing it can be. But I do have A LOT to be thankful that the good Lord has given me: a home, warmth, a car, internet, gas for my car, a job (even if its only one day a week, it helps.), and my community.
I’ve learned one great lesson from my parents failures, the need for education. I am the first in my (intermediate) family to enter Senior year in high school. It was just in this past week I signed up for community college and Morehead State University. Getting degrees and certifications in demanding fields (e.g. information technology) is important to obtaining a good salary job.
I just want reiterate that this is NOT a “feel sorry for me” post, but a post to enlighten others about the sense of community, and the need for education.
I hope you will think about this and learn what it takes to fix America. Get involved in the community, then get others involved. We build business, friendships, and more when we connect and network with your neighbors and local business’s.
In today’s society I think just about everyone can see the drug problems faced in just about any town in America or even the world, sadly… Teenage substance abuse is on the rise, especially marijuana. Most people don’t realize the effect this substance has on a still developing brain, news articles and studies have found that teenagers that use this substance are increasing their chances of psychological disorders (e.g. schizophrenia).
Living in a small community and being involved in small town committees has got me thinking about how we can reduce this. I personally believe as well as many others do, teenagers start abusing substances when they get bored. In our small communities there is virtually nothing to do. The closest movie theater is a 30 minute drive in another county. If we could get teens involved more in what community improvement organizations are doing then this might inspire them to volunteer in their free time.
Tomorrow, I’ll enter school for the first day for the last time. I am a Senior in Highschool, now.
It amazes me time after time how it feels just like yesterday I was in 6th grade, and now about 5 or 6 years later, I’m going into my last “required” public school year. (Note, I do plan on attending college for CISCO Networking).
Just as any year, they’ll be ups and they’ll be downs. But the important thing to remember is to focus on school work and not getting worked up about it’s our last year.
But I do plan on trying to make this a more funner year for myself than I have in the past. But education will always top priority in these matters.
Here’s to the East Carter High School Class of 2014.