Life can be difficult, filled with ups and downs. Here we are on Monday morning, wondering where our weekend went; most of us wishing we could go back to bed. This is time however, that we can never get back.
School days may seem long and lessons may seem tiring, but these are the days you will always remember and look back on with fondness. Valuable memories will be etched on our minds, all the laughs, all the twists and turns and all the things that mean the most to us and make us who we are.
Too many times in our lives we forget to appreciate what is in front of us. We are all incredibly lucky to be here at Wrekin: there is a danger that we may take this for granted.
In 2016, 61 million children across the world of a primary school age were not enrolled at any school. For 22 million of those, armed conflict posed a barrier to their education. Our education sets us up for life, enabling us to get jobs, and provide us with all that we take for granted such as food on our table. We also live in a healthy and safe environment. For many in the world this is not the case. In Brazil last year, there were over 58,000 deaths from violent crimes. We must be grateful for what we have.
There are so many other things in our lives that we can forget to treasure: such as friends and family. Many times, our friends or our family will do us a favour, or a kind deed and we will forget to say ‘thank you’. A 'thank you' may not seem like a lot, however it means the world to those who have helped us. We sometimes make mistakes within our friendship groups: we sometimes neglect how others feel and we don’t always devote as much time to them as we should. I always try to remember the golden rule: “treat others how you wish to be treated yourself”. Remember to thank your friends, tell them how much they mean to you and how much better they make your life. Above all, remember to treasure and respect your friends.
When it comes to treasuring life, always remember one thing: time is priceless. An hour wasted is an hour you will never get back. Go outside, experience the world and live. See what bounteous gifts the world has to offer. Read a book and expand your mind and your horizons. Go and speak to those closest to you. Treasure the laughs, treasure the tears: these experiences help to shape you.
It is so easy to forget all these things that you should treasure. The following quote from Winnie the Pooh reminds me of the importance of everything I have and the actions I take:
“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in our hearts.”