Lead-Up to 2021
This year has turned out very differently from what we expected with a few bumps along the way. We survived home-schooling, being estranged from our family and friends, learning that no matter how many times we clean our hands… they will always be dirty. We discovered that a sneeze no longer had the reaction of "bless you" but rather people staring at you in a very awkward fashion that made us feel like germ factories on wheels. Toilet paper wars were 'in' and spaghetti and mince seemed to be on everyone's menu.
My New Year's resolution for 2020 was to have fun as a senior student before my big step to high school, to make an impact and be a role model to my younger peers. I had my eyes set on many things I wanted to explore and just like that, with no fault of my own, the world came to a stop. At first I panicked, the media portrayed a whole different world than I was used to and I wondered if the adults of the world were going mad?! I had a thought: I had to take charge!
My second thought: I'm 11 years old, what do I know about running the world?! So, I ran to Google, you know because Google seems to have all the answers. I googled how to rule the world as a kid. First up I found a book titled, If Kids Ruled The World by Linda Baily (worth reading! Really!). I found many links to various sites, but none gave me a list on how to rule the world or to become a world leader as an 11-year-old. I asked my mum, she said, "But you are a leader!" Not helpful, I thought. Then I went back to google and searched What is a leader? This is what I found: "Doing the right thing without being asked or when no one is watching. Helping others in need. Helping others on the right path. Setting a good example for others and being a good role model. Standing up for others even when it may be the hard thing to do."
With my newfound realisation that I am indeed a leader, I now walk taller and prouder. I smile more. I had it in me all the time! I just had to rediscover myself!
Are you ready for the lead up to 2021? Do you have what it takes to be a leader in your community? I challenge you, be the difference in an uncertain world. Dr. Seuss knew what he meant by, "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
By Tiaan 6BC