Press Play – Be the change

Press Play

In the words of Charles Dickens, “Regrets are the natural property of gray hairs.” Now who wants that? Certainly, I don’t! Unless you like that “salt and pepper” mix, of course. I guess that’s what hair dye is for, but spending $100 at a salon isn’t worth the money if all you had to do was let go of all your regrets. I could think of a million ways to spend that kind of money, and Zap Zone is on the top of my list.

What about if you had seven days to live before some sort of corpse poofs out of your TV, and you didn’t have the option to pass it on? Would you call your friends, forgive your enemies, ride the Dragster at Cedar Point in hope of a different fate? Instead of dwelling in the past, would you live in the now? Of course this situation has no chance of happening, but no one can determine the day of your death. Until then, why not do everything you want to do before then? Even if your goals are far-fetched, reach them no matter how hard it will be.

However, struggles may be exactly what we need in our life. If we were to go through our life without any obstacles, we would be crippled. We wouldn’t be as strong as what we could have been. Give everything a chance, because “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Your regrets aren’t what you did, but what you didn’t do, and that is why I take every opportunity.

Regrets are the one thing that will hold you back from living life to the fullest. Even if my way of living life is laser tag at Zap Zone, I’m still living it. I encourage you to do the same. Live life, party, reach your goals, shoot for the stars, anything! Do whatever it takes because you only have one life to live. You can’t stop the future, and you can’t rewind the past. All you can do is Press Play.

Speech presented by Student Advisory Board Member:
Farmington Hills High School