Here's a Friday blog post being written at 10 pm on a Saturday night. I've got stuff to say and I don't feel like waiting a week to say it.
I wrote those last two posts about "Why School Sucks" because they are thoughts that have been plaguing me for quite some time. I believe they are valid concerns about school, which is losing its purpose by the day. All those put aside, complaining about the system in which you are participating is ultimately an unproductive task.
If I was sitting in a cardboard box in an alley right now writing this blog post via a stick and some dirt, it wouldn't be school's fault I was there, no matter how much "School Sucks". In the same way, if I was a billionaire sitting atop a golden tower with my name plastered on the side, smiling upon the country I would one day rule when I become president, it wouldn't be school that got me there.
School doesn't make you successful. School doesn't make you unsuccessful.
The time in which I was in school was the greatest period of growth I've ever experienced at the time. I learned how to be a man. I learned how to be independent, and take care of myself. It was a great time to find out the kinds of things that work and the things that don't. I made the best of what I had, and I unabashedly explored and tirelessly worked to figure crap out. I made lifelong friends and I met my wife. The list of great things goes on.
I remember back in youth group in high school, we talked about an idea called "Structure and Direction". It's a pretty simple concept, usually easily illustrated in church by alcohol: A bottle of beer in and of itself is not a bad thing. It won't sneak into your bedroom in the middle of the night and kill you, the bottle of beer won't force you behind the wheel of a car and make you plow down old ladies. It's just a bottle of beer. You, however, fully control what happens with that bottle of beer. You choose whether or not to abuse it.
College by itself, honestly, sucks. You can only get something out of it if you force something out of it. It's the stuff you do around the class time that matters. College will drain you of all creativity and original thoughts, but you don't have to just sit there and let it.
You do something about it. You show college who's boss.
It goes much farther than college, as I've learned over the past few years. Turns out, it wasn't just college that sucked, it was work that sucked, family that sucked, and life that sucked in general.
In the words of US Marshal Raylan Givens: "If you run into an asshole in the morning, you ran into an asshole. If you run into assholes all day, you're the asshole."
Back in high school when I was finally giving up my 3 Cokes-a-day habit, I would drink something like a La Croix instead, and BOY did that suck. What a bland, awful drink. I sit here now, 7 years clean of soda, and I'm drinking a crisp, most delicious Lime La Croix. Couldn't get any better.
Most of the time, we make things shitty for ourselves. We live in a culture that complains and is bitter and put down by our surroundings. If I were to scroll through Facebook right now, spoiler alert, EVERYTHING SUCKS! But instead of spending an immense amount of time talking about what's bad, why don't we talk about how we can make it better? (Or just get the hell off Facebook?)
I complain about a lot of stuff. There's a lot of stuff out there that sucks, and the list is always growing. But here's the thing, I have yet to discover a better way to flip the bird at all the things in life that suck than to just look in the mirror and better my own damn self.
A lot of life's problems would be solved if we just shut up, went to work, and focused on our own problems. The world would be a better place to live.
As I'm writing this, I'm realizing that huh, maybe college won after all. I felt short-changed by something that promised it would bring me life's secrets, and help me navigate this crooked hellscape. It didn't fulfill my expectations, so I turn and write a series of posts about how college sucks so I'm going to "show them" and make something of myself. Hm. Well, um...nothing to see here I suppose.
Bottom line: If you're unsatisfied with something, change it. Fix yourself, your situation, etc.
Because that's what I'm going to go do.