Catch the Trade Winds in your Sails…SCI 2021 “A Letter to Me’

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do, than by the ones that you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.”  – Mark Twainsailing-into-the-sunset-37441

Well guys, time to move on.  So much, so much to do, to see, to taste.  To touch and shape.

The world awaits – your passion and perspective.  Your challenges are many; your future is filled with possibilities.  To sample it all, to make a difference; you gotta be Awake.  Part of that awareness come from the courage to reach into the future and mold your path; to see your possibilities.  Your final  assignment in Senior Current Issues will provide you an opportunity to do just that.  Your “Letter to You” counts 50% of your Final (Fishline Timeline is the other 50%) and is due by Monday May 30. Sooner if possible please, so I’m not grading everything at once.

I want you to write a letter to you.  You will date that letter June 1 2021 – you have been out there in the real world for five years.  The letter is first person – you to you.   Talk to yourself.  Look back on your past five years following graduation…tell you how this whole life of yours has played out.  School, family, friends, travel, and work.   It’s your letter so you can take it anyway you want it to go.  But remember – five years from now crying over the senior video in the auditorium on the last day of your Oakridge High School career will not be that big of deal…or if it is – you might have some bigger issues.

And after you look back five years – turn and peer into the future – where are you going?  What mountains will you climb, what lands will you travel, what kind of an adult are you becoming?   Do your best…you’ll expect that from yourself, five years from today.

For an idea to a good letter watch Celeste Wackerly (OHS c/o 2010) as she reads her Letter to Herself on May 15, 2015.  Part I.  Part II.

  • Please go here for a copy of the guidelines for you letter to you.  And remember, I’ve been doing this for a dozen years.  I absolutely promise that this letter will reach you somewhere out in the world…whether or not you want to hear from you.
  • Two things to note – my computer crashed this week so the guidelines that I have linked you to are last years guidelines.  The date is incorrect.  And I don’t want a google docs copy.  Instead I need a hard copy – one inch margins, 12 point font, single spaced.  I need you to address an envelope of a place where somebody will be that you will always have a contact.   Also I want you to post to schoology so that I can grade it.   I need both before I can provide you credit on your final exam.  As for length- I’ve delivered five page letters and some a few paragraphs long – it’s your letter.  It’s your life.  
  • So…there you go.
  • I promise with all my heart that I will send you your letter in five years.
  • And I hope that when it arrives it finds you Awake!

 

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  1. Justin Rosema

    Strolled upon your blog by chance, and glad I did. The memories I have from high school nearly 20 years ago came back to me, and your qoute is so right. None of that really matters now. As you know I once thought I was Oakridge for life. Two crazy people, yourself, and coach Barry assured me their was life beyond the borders of Eagle country. Many years later I will say you guys were right. I hope you never stop challenging your students to look outside their own world, making them think each day. You did that for us in health class, oh so long ago. Wish you were teaching the classes you have now back then. You are credit to the teaching profession, and I will work to make the influence you do each day.