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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

September 28, 2018 - 12:07pm --

When my life comes to a close I wonder what stories they’ll tell. Will there be narratives of bravery in the face of adversity, stories of compassion in moments of trouble or quips about the funny things I said.

There’s no way to know exactly what history will report so, I must live my life in away so that everything is worthy of note.

I’m not arguing that I need to be a high achiever but, I’m saying that we all need to strive to be good people. Responsibility and duty must be placed at the forefront of decision making. We are, after all, always human beings.

I find that I spend a great deal of time trying to craft the narrative around my life. Building my own autobiography, considering how my decisions play into that comfortable story I have wrapped around my life. Yet, sometimes I feel like the narrative is restrictive.

The reality is, that we are all dynamic and complicated beings. Our lives do not play out like a movie. Just because we work hard doesn’t mean we get a good job, just because we have a good family doesn’t mean we didn’t make mistakes.

Sometimes we change and sometimes we must face the negative consequences of the choices we have made.

Conversely, it is difficult for the world to accept a complicated character and we are often relegated to roles which for the world to view us through a particular lens. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, part of our narrative is written for us.

The goal is to find a role in society which fits your skills, interests and personality. It’s not easy to find this role and requires a great deal of exploration.

Exploration is one of the greatest benefits of 4-H. Youth are guaranteed ample opportunities to explore and look into different career fields and interests. The opportunities are limitless. Youth are given the right to try.

If you’d like to give your youth the opportunity to explore who they are and help them find their place in the sun, sign them up for 4-H, let them choose a project and develop their skills to mastery. Let your youth try on different hats and give them the opportunity to write their own narrative.