We’ve all heard of the book Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss. If you haven’t read that inspiring book, it’s definitely one you need to get your eyes on. Dr. Seuss talks about the beautiful journey that is ahead of all of us- commonly known as life. In my mind, life is one large journey that is made up of smaller, yet impactful journeys. Some of our journeys include beginning our last year as a high schooler, becoming a freshman again, inching one step closer to our dream job, or serving as a FFA State Officer.
During my year of service, I can’t help but to sit back and think, “Wow, this is where one of the strongest youth led organizations has taken me.” I find myself coming across this thought at the most random times like during reflections at the National Leadership Conference for State Officers, or while all my teammates are just hanging out and most importantly, when I look at a crowd of FFA members. Serving as an Indiana FFA State Officer has provided me with opportunities I never imagined for myself. I never thought I’d be forming trust with FFA members, facilitating a purpose to a group of students, or living with 6 crazy and passionate people. The places FFA has taken me is incomparable to any journey I’ve had yet. Although this is the journey I’m currently on, there are still so many places I’ll go.
If it weren’t for little journeys like serving as a Section II Director, finding my passion to serve those in poverty, or creating lifelong memories with people closest to me, I wouldn’t be in the place I am now. Whether you’re a high school senior who is waiting for graduation to inch closer and closer, take advantage of the place you’re in. If you’re a freshman in college who is just a little more lost than usual, embrace the place you’re in. If you’re struggling to reach your dream career, remember that life is made up of smaller journeys and enjoy your current place. Wherever you are within your little journeys, clench on to every opportunity you’re part of and take advantage of the possibilities each place provides. This past weekend, district officers, section directors, band officers, and chorus officers took over the Indiana FFA Leadership Center during Premier Leadership Training. Every officer unearthed their potential in the place they were at. They bonded with their team, got to know more people, and made an impact on Indiana FFA. These officers were able to make an impact on Indiana FFA by striving to be better versions of themselves so they can lead the members they serve.
Dr. Seuss said, “Oh the places you’ll go, Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way!” Whether you’re terrified of where you’re at right now, confused about your future, or don’t understand the purpose of what you’re doing always remember this quote. “Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way!” Today is your day, this minute is yours, so go to all the places you never believed you could reach.
Forever Grateful & Always Loving,
2016-2017 Indiana FFA State Northern Region Vice President