As I was driving around campus today in my cozy, warm car, something hit me. Now, it wasn't an epiphany or anything like that, but it was a realization all its own. As I slowly went over speed bumps and stopped at stop signs, I watched as students walked to class. Now being a student, I also walk to class most days, but do I stop to consider those in the vehicles around me?
At each stop sign I stopped at, students would walk across the crosswalks, some with headphones in, others texting, and many lost in conversation. Not a single one stopped to let me go and they all just kept on walking. A short trip that was supposed to take me five minutes, was now taking closer to fifteen. I was in no hurry so I really didn't mind, but what I did mind was the students that went across the crosswalks and expected me to move. Pedestrians always have the right away right? Well, to an extent, yes, but there should be a sense of courtesy involved as well.
When I walk on campus, I try to make it a point to let a car go at a stop sign if they've been sitting there forever or not walk across the crosswalk when a car is about to drive over. It just seems that my generation is full of themselves, the world revolves around them, and they are the only person that matters. It's not supposed to be that way, but unfortunately, it's something that's probably not going to change.
I can only hope that I am considerate enough to the people around me and that they will be able to respect myself and others. This brings me to another point... As I attended the OU/OSU bedlam Women's game this past week, I noticed something that really disturbed me. I was sitting in the student section with some junior high kids from my hometown. To our right was an entire section of elderly people all dressed in crimson and cheering on their team. When OSU was ahead, an OSU student from the student section would yell up to the older people and make jokes, say nasty comments, and make rude faces. By doing so, he got a lot of the older people all riled up and that made him laugh, so of course, he kept on.
After time went on, a very energetic and loud mouth elementary student started copying the college student and yelling at the elderly group of people. He also thought he was being cute and continued throughout the rest of the game. Needless to say, OSU lost, so they both shut their mouths towards the end of the game.
But in all honesty, what were those two boys trying to achieve? I know that that section of elderly people were very offended, but they just had to ignore it. Those two boys had no respect for themselves or any of those older people. Being considerate to people isn't a hard thing to do. Actually, it's the natural, right thing to do. Unfortunately, as days go by, my generation is slowly losing that.
I hope that when people look at me, they won't think that I'm a stuck up, only cares about herself, college student. I'm proud of who I am and the school that I represent. I only hope that my fellow peers felt the same way!
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Today is my first blog. How exciting! This next week will be my 4th week to my spring semester. I would love to say that I'm excited about that, but I'm not. Now if tomorrow marked week 16, that'd be a dream come true. Until then though, I'll just keep marking off the days until the glorious summer arrives.
I've always told myself that I know exactly what I want out of this life, but I've come to realize that I'm lying to myself. No one really knows what they want out of their lives and if they do, it usually doesn't turn out the way they've imagined it. Since entering college, I've had a lot of eye openers, I've changed my mind a million times, and I've cried a lot. With all that came a personal strength that I would have never gotten if I hadn't entered college. I have learned so much in so little time about myself that I didn't know before.
There has been things that've happened in my life lately that have made me really think about who I am, where I'm going, and who I want to spend my time with. I pray often that God will lead my on the path He wants me to take, it's just hard at times giving Him full control. Tomorrow is a new day though and the sun is going to come up and shine brightly (hopefully). I'm going to take small steps, but enjoy every one of them. I'm ready to face this semester with a new attitude and see what I can accomplish.
And for today, that's all that I have! :)