The Dreams we Gave Up

We’ve been asked since we were children what we wanted to be when we grow up, and as we grow older many people’s answers to that question become more and more practical. A child goes from saying ‘astronaut’ when he’s six to ‘engineer’ when he’s in high school. According to MSNBC, less than 45 percent of workers age 45 to 54 are satisfied with their job.  Whatever happened to following your dream?

Michael Gebhardt, junior golf player, plans to do just that. Since a very young age, Michael has played golf with his father almost every weekend. He played on the golf team all through out middle school and made varsity golf his sophomore year. Golf is all that’s ever on Michael’s mind.

“I think about it a lot. It’s what I do everyday,” Michael said. “Golf is just fun.”

For Michael, there isn’t a better way to pass the time. It’s his passion, his dream. That same spark that keeps kindergartners believing they can be professional basketball stars still hasn’t gone out in Michael.

“I want to go as far as it will take me,” Michael said.

After graduating college, Michael would have to enter a series of mini-tours to go professional. He would go on the “Nation Wide Tour”, which is considered the breeding ground for the PGA. Michael is determined. He takes lessons and is always working to improve.

He would play all the time if he could. Over the summer, Michael played three to four hours daily. He tries to practice every afternoon if he hasn’t too much homework.

“It’s a really good stress reliever if I’ve got a lot of homework or something hanging over my head,” Michael said. “I can just go out and play eighteen holes to calm me down. I can forget about everything and just focus on golf.”

Who says we can’t be astronauts and movie stars? Who told us what was unachievable? When Michael gets asked what career he plans to pursue, he’s a bit reserved in saying ‘a golfer’, knowing what sort of wild dreams that must insinuate. But a world without golf for him is a world not worth living in.

“Not playing golf at all? No, I couldn’t see myself doing that,” Michael said.

Of course, this world we live in is depressingly realistic and Michael keeps his options open.

“I have other options I could pursue academically. I would be more happy with golf, though. It’s the best job I can think of.”

It’s hard to keep the spark alive when he’s pressured into a realistic lifestyle. 84% of people working today say they’re not in their dream job. They define their dream job  as something fun, something that makes a contribution to society, and a few people said money. Michael doesn’t plan to stop for anything, though.

“I guess I just have keep at it. Keep at it and don’t give up.”

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Orchestra performs Peter and the Wolf

The music department has been buzzing with activity. While the band shows off its marching show every football game, people shouldn’t overlook what the orchestra has accomplished.

As in years past in November, the orchestra performs Peter and the Wolffor elementary school children as a way to get them interested in strings. Select orchestra members dress up and act out the parts of the story, and others play the music to go along with the play. Coker, Oak Meadow, Larksburg, and Huebner elementary schools came to watch this charming interpretation.

The group was also very successful at Regionals.  

“Mr. Thibodeaux pretty much expects most of orchestra three and four to make region chairs,” Erik Van Dyke, junior, said.  And for the first time, the orchestra entered the State Honors Orchestra competition. The competition involved orchestras all over Texas. The orchestra planned to submit a tape of their best recordings for entry.

“We’ve been preparing since the first day of school,” Sophia Nikas, junior, said.

Their tape included Mahler’s ‘Adagietto’ and Tchaikovsky’s ‘Serenade for Stings’ among other notable pieces.

“If we make top ten it would be really, really good,” Van Dyke said.

With high hopes and even higher expectations, the orchestra prepares for another great year of competitive and performing musical arts.

Our Modern Friendship

People don’t seem to look at each other any more. They don’t quite talk with the same voice. They don’t interact with the same vigor.

The perception of reality and priority has been so twisted by media, technology, and ignorance that people have become oblivious to the human connections they ignore. The idea of friendliness has certainly changed over generations, and it has quite possibly degenerated.

Human connections should be confirmed from the very first meeting. All around people see others that they know, but they will hardly ever approach these people. An antisocial mind-block occurs just before simple greetings like, “hello”. People might look straight at each other, each one entirely aware of who the other is, but neither will show signs of recognition. Its a concerning idea. The human connection is the main idea behind sociological interaction, and  people are  allowing it to be ignored. Even acquaintances should be friendly to each other, for only from that point are new friendships allowed to emerge. And even if friendship is in neither party’s interest, why should we suddenly ignore each other? It’s not thought of as offensive, but perhaps it should be. The people that surround us are our greatest resource.

People are talking about nothing. They shout out worthless thoughts on places like Facebook and Twitter, searching for a connection. People will respond, show an interest of course, but it’s not anything substantial. It’s not a real connection. It’s like small talk. Nothing true. It’s nothing of value. Just blurbs of nonsense.

Is this truly what friendship has become? Blurbs of nonsense? Just thoughts that open up nothing about the person at hand, but just what they had for lunch and what they’re doing this afternoon? Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to know what people are doing. It’s especially important to show an interest, but if we limit our communication to just this, our relationships will be empty. We need deeper friendships. People should value their connections with each other. In a search for meaning, this is surely the most meaningful thing yet to be found. In our relationships we learn about people, and this further defines ourselves. It’s important to understand people around us, and to be developing deeper connections all the time. It is these rich relationships that will develop into the valuable friendships that we need.

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