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Spreading words of motivation

October will be the one-year anniversary of my permanent stay in Colorado. One year ago I moved here from northern Wisconsin, a place of flat farmland and less than a moderate amount of people. St. Croix Falls, Wis., lacks diversity, and I encountered some racially close-minded people. The school system was OK; I learned a lot from people more educated than I, got good grades and played a game of pass and fail. In Wisconsin, however, I was pushed to learn little. I don’t know for sure if it was where I was living, the school I was going to, or possibly (and probably) me being stubborn, but I was ready to leave. Forever.Lucky for me, my wish was granted, and my family and I moved to Colorado. Carbondale is definitely a refreshing place. The people are wonderful, cultural and loving. I started learning at Roaring Fork High School, but then went to Bridges High School in Glenwood, and now I’m a sophomore. So here I am interning for the Post Independent, hoping people will listen to a young voice. I wanted to write words of motivation, maybe something inspirational to get people to think about their life and appreciate how lucky they are to live in such a place. I watched the news for ideas, talked to people, and I still had no idea what to write about until my first day at the office, which happened to be the five-year anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. I didn’t hear as much about “the day” as I expected, but that’s probably because I avoided most media. Remembrance, to me, is entirely personal, and I usually don’t have people reminding me to remember. I remember horrific events perfectly, especially because I’m young and have an impressionable mind. When I did watch the news that day – every other time I do for that matter – it usually reminds me of terrible things that are happening in the world: war, strife, genocide on occasion, and young people dying. I’m usually reminded of the fear and terror that I feel every day, even if I’m feeling perfectly content. Because I’m young and have grown up on good American morals of comfort and the motivation to succeed, it’s really saddening to see people convincing my young impressionable generation they have something to kill and die for. I’ve realized now that the young people like myself have grown up in an era of fear and terror. I would love to enlighten people with something different. Something other than negativity, because as much as humanity inspires nothing through anger and injustice for the rest of us humans, hope and optimism is the only way to bring action. I love living wherever I am, even when I was in Wisconsin, and I don’t want to have to defend myself to eliminate fear. Of course I can say anything when I don’t have to fight physically over “there,” but right now I know I’m as alive as ever and kicking to the end. I hope the rest of young impressionable America can join in and truly keep living, and grow into part of a united human race. Hopefully the young and old can learn from ourselves and our history, and know the world is ours and we should take care of it, in every way. Together, we can live in a newfangled era of peace, love, and intelligence.Andrea Porcelain is a sophomore at Bridges High School in Glenwood Springs.


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