We need a world of safety and security for those who just wanna be their authentic selves. Kids who wanna have pink hair and purple shoes while walking hand in hand down the hallway with a good friend. A person who would rather read poetry and paint a masterpiece than to play a sport. They need the support of a community to achieve their dreams in the same way athletes have been supported for years. Visual and performing artists are in schools right now creating and making things that will inspire and comfort us all. They need to make their living pursuing their dreams so that our world will indeed be a better place. Dreaming requires a place for doing and making things happen.
Tonight I went to the graduation ceremonies at Chattanooga High School – Center for Creative Arts. I was highly impressed with the school spirit there. Community, Creativity and individuality are the hallmarks of this institution dedicated to teaching the arts. One thing that this school thrives on is creating a safe space for kids to express themselves without fear. We need more spaces and places for kids to be who they want and to be themselves. In as much as I am grateful to Red Bank High School for its part in making me who I am I think it would have been good to be in a smaller school with kids who I was more like. I cannot change the past but I can hope for the future for kids everywhere to show the world what they are made of.
I posted a graphic of my 11th anniversary here at WordPress.com a couple of days ago and I feel the need to clarify something in regards to it.
While I signed up with WordPress.com 11 years ago I have blogged on other platforms such as Yahoo 360, Multiply, Blogger and Tumblr over those years. Two years ago I made the change from Tumblr to WordPress due in part to the acquisition of Tumblr by Yahoo which is now owned by Verizon.
My transition to full-time blogging with WordPress.com is one I have not regretted. This is a great community of people to be among and there seems to be a level of “maturity but fun” that I enjoy here.
So with that being said 11 years is a long time on the Internet because so many things change. Yahoo 360 and Multiply are no longer and other services have changed in that time. I don’t mind paying a little for some advanced services here to assure that WordPress.com remains viable, independent and stable. I also like that they do all the heavy lifting for me so all I have to do is create and share.
Here is to more years of WordPressing On!
High School graduations are happening this weekend here in Chattanooga and it makes me remember those days in the 1980’s when life was simpler or so it seems. As you see from my yearbook picture I was just as nerdy then as I am today, minus the mustache. Do I miss the angst and pressure of those days? yes and no. I don’t miss the academic pressures but the social stuff was alright. I had friends but I found myself spending more time at home than out and about.
We all have times when we were at our best and in high school I was not the best I could be or would be. It is sad when I hear people talk about their days back then being the best of their lives as if nothing had improved or they became better versions of themselves.
For me it was my college days when I flourished. Maybe a different atmosphere and I was a little older. Graduating from high school or college for that matter means that there is a new chapter ahead in your life and you have the opportunity to do amazing things without the restrictions of youth. You become a grown up person and that is when the fun can really begin if you open your mind to it.
So to the class of 2017, you are going into an exciting time. Be willing to leave behind home for awhile and explore what is out there. Hang in there and have the time of your life ahead of you.