apathy is not an optionMy fourth grade teacher had a poster on the wall of his classroom, “Apathy is not an option”. I may not have known what apathy meant at that time, (in fact I am sure I did not), but over the years I have found myself constantly reminded of that poster.

ap·a·thy n. 1. Lack of interest or concern, especially regarding matters of general importance or appeal; indifference; 2. Lack of emotion or feeling; impassiveness.

Simply stated, indifference isn’t an option. Whether it applies to schoolwork, sports, extracurricular activities, or your job – not caring about what you do should never be an option. I guess it goes along with the old adage, “Anything worth doing is worth doing well”. No matter the task at hand, give it 100% and do it with passion and drive. Take pride in whatever you do and do the best that you can. You don’t have to be the best at everything. In fact, you won’t be. But you can ensure that you give any situation your best effort.

JenThat leads me to my next recommendation: take charge of your future. Seek help and advice from others whose opinions you value and trust, but take charge. You don’t have to know exactly what you want to do right now. You don’t even have to know that in the near future. Just be open to new adventures and meeting new people. Surround yourself with people who support you, but don’t be afraid to venture outside your comfort zone. You may be surprised with the path on which you find yourself. By giving 100% and being open to new opportunities, you are already on the right track.