Let me tell you about my thoughts. Call me crazy but I feel as if I have found the true meaning of life. Maybe not for you. But for me.
As I sit on this British Airways flight, high above the Atlantic Ocean, I cannot help but appreciate life.
I have spent the last month studying in Madrid, Spain.
Not only did my entire perspective of the world change but my life plan or at least a brief blueprint of my life has come to me.
I want to live my life as a journalist. A journalist you ask? Well, journalists do not make a lot of money now, do they? A year ago this would have been my exact response. But we have to remember that life is not about money.
Money truly is the root of all evil.
Money is what keeps people in jobs that they hate for their entire lives.
Day in and day out people sit in their offices like zombies counting the seconds down till the next minute comes because they will be that much closer to being able to leave.
Journalism is the path I want to take. I want to travel this entire world. I need to see everything.
I want to educate myself to the best of my abilities and I want to meet people of all nationalities with their own faiths, cultures, perspectives, etc.
By traveling the world I will use journalism in the forms of photography, written works, and film to help me document my journey.
What will lead me on this journey? I am unaware. But I embrace the challenge with open arms.
At this point in my life I am looking for exploration. I know I am not ready to settle down. And I do not think that this is a bad thing.
My actions are not always great, but what can I do. For I am only human.
The girls I have hurt, the friends I have left, my family I have embarrassed. But for every negative thing I have done in my life I feel like I have done something positive.
I can make people laugh. I make them feel good about themselves. I do my very best to work hard.
So what do you think? Do you have a good grasp on what the hell is going on in this world? Honestly I might not have one clue but by keeping faith and living for something other than ourselves we will each find our own path. We will each figure out exactly what this world is about.
To all the freshmen: go out and meet new friends. I lived my freshman year in a cramped dorm room eating Campus Corner. Be brave. Use your courage and follow your heart. Everyone is in the same position. Not one person is better than another.
Sophomores: Use this year to hold on to the friendships you have made in your freshmen year. Find what you love and stick to it. We can change the world. Do not be lazy for hard work is the only obstacle in the way of your success and lack of hard work is the path to failure.
Attention juniors: Enjoy your life. Take a step back and look in the mirror. Look deep down into your eyes. Do you see who you have become? Is it not beautiful? Seize the day, each day. Live your life to the best of your abilities and do not hold back.
Seniors: As John Mayer said in the song, “No Such Thing,” “There is no such thing as the real world.” Do not be afraid to leave Cabrini College. You are ready. You have put in the work and for that you will be forever grateful.
As I sit on this plane I can not help but cry. Cry and love life. I want to thank all of you that have supported me in my efforts. For without you, I would not be anyone.
If I could give you one last word of advice from my moment of clarity. Hold on to your friends, hold onto your family and keep your faith.
My faith in God has been hiding but I know it will return. Without my faith, my family and friends have been my rocks. Go out and love. Love life. Love yourself. Love one another.
Do not settle for the minimum. Write down your goals and do not stop reaching for them until success is achieved. With a little heart anything is attainable.
Peace and Love,
Christopher R. Blake
To the Cabrini College Community and beyond.