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Get Lost

What did the world do before the GPS was created? How did we manage to reach our destinations without the computer system giving us turn by turn navigation? I remember printing out the yahoo directions, and I assume before that maps & reading road signs were the norm. One thing that we as human beings do not want to admit is that we make wrong turns, we don't really know if it was supposed to be exit 4 or 5, and the bigger picture is that we can not admit that we sometimes get lost. When you admit that your "lost" it somehow becomes associated with your inability to lead, your lack of knowledge, and the outward perception of you becomes a sign of weakness. The question is... why? Undoubtedly these narrow minded assumptions are the furthest thing from the truth.

When you are lost in life it forces you to take a journey you are not necessarily prepared for. You are prompted to ask questions, go through trial and error, and make right of what has gone wrong. Those actions take courage to execute and we as a society don't praise individuals who are admittedly lost searching to find the answers that feed their individual soul. There is strength in you willing to admit you don't have all the answers, because you honestly don't. There is strength in taking on new learning experiences and life lessons. The minute you have decided you know it all... you have all the answers... and you are indeed the teacher is the minute your retrogression begins to happen. Getting lost is probably one of the best things that could ever happen to you.

Dear Students,

Don't submit to the notion that there is confidence in providing answers that your are not confident about. In life it is ok to say "I don't know". Allow this confusion to help guide you to find out what you'd like to know. Don't feel pressured by society to have it all figured out. Life is one journey where there are no do-overs. Spend time getting lost to find out what makes you happy, in what ways will you give to your community or the world at large, and most importantly how do you want to spend your life as an adult. Don't feel pressured to submit to the traditional "American Dream" if that is not your truth. Get lost in exploring the world. Get lost in the passionate places that you yearn to know more about. Get lost so that you can find out who you really are... aside from the stereotypes, aside from the parental expectations, and aside from societal norms. Get lost so that ultimately you can be found. Always remember to keep going, keep learning, and keep growing.

-Dean Felder

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