I never thought that there would be a time in my life that I would be happy that I am able to attend school. Today at this monent I an glad that I am still sticking to it even thought the program at VNFC has closed for the season. I am still going to be attending English 094 at Lansdowne campus for at least May and June. I would like to say that I will be be here for July and August too because I want to desperately over come the battle of Rose verse English. For me this battle has been going on for at least twenty years and now I want to conquer it. I also now that if I take anytime off of doing my schooling then I tend to become very lazy in my commitment to myself and then the struggle become harder for me as I age. Because for years I never considered myself as a worthy person. But myself image has changed as I age. So now my age , race, lack of a good education, physique and gender can be a barrier or not. I know that it is a daily process that I must excercise. For me this is a struggle because self decipline is not easy for myself because it does not come naturally like my abilities to do public speaking does. It is something that I have to teach myself. I now understand that I am going to need this training for what ever the creator has in mind for my future. Even if this means I am seen as a community leader, advocate, activist or student for life.
So remember to be kind to yourself. Read something for yourself pleasure at least once a day. Read to your family on a daily bases because literacy is a small part of solution to eliminating another barrier to our poverty. This last sentence I was a bite reluctant to include it because I am struggling to stay away from anything that is remotely linked to any discussions that might incite a negative thought. But then I my old self said go a head and put it in there because this reveals a small part of the way I am currently looking at life. So everyone be safe and have a good summer.
Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.
John F. Kennedy
35th president of US 1961-1963 (1917 - 1963)