This post is in response to a writing challenge on The Write Practice website that was set by Bryan Hutchinson. The challenge is to take a random quote and write a post about it. Funnily enough, there’s been a quote rambling around my head all week… about freedom.
I remember it clearly; walking out the door into the sunlight thinking…
“that’s the last Chemistry class I’ll ever have to take.”
I do not know why I took Chemistry for my Leaving Cert (A Levels/High School finals).
It didn’t matter – it was over and I was free!
I walked through the park that connected the school to the road I lived on and I could see classmates ripping pages out of books and throwing them in the river. I would have loved to do that but wouldn’t have been brave enough! The next day in school there was an announcement to say that local residents had reported the ‘book ripping’ to the school. Our vice principal said that if we wanted to rip our books to shreds that was our right – but we were to do it at home! He said that we were free from school and from studying if that’s what we wanted (though he didn’t recommend that). Then he said… and I’ll ALWAYS remember his words…
“You are not free live as you choose but you are free to choose how you live.
So choose wisely.”
I’ve been thinking about it over the last few days as I’ve seen photos of family graduating, and finishing school; ready to head out into the big bad world. It’s great that there’s no more homework! I loved that – my plan was to get a job and at the end of the working day walk away and leave it behind me. (Then I went into hairdressing and spent a lot of time doing hair for family at home! ehhh helloooo? )
So I wanted to shout out to those who are finishing up school and heading off into the future towards adult life and just say… Well done! Go out there and LIVE your life. Pursue that career, follow your dreams, work hard and take care of yourself.
Remember to choose wisely not just what you do with your life but how you live it!
By the way if you’re looking for REAL and permanent freedom… try this inspiring quote for size… Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31b,32