Voice of Our Youth Foreshadows the Future

It is the voice of our youth that foreshadows the future.

I was lucky enough to get a rare seat at the McNair Mini School’s Performing Arts Night on Tuesday April 16th.  The program has students perform on stage to help them ‘push their envelope’ and get up on the lonely stage to feel, and deal with, the butterflies that come from being in front of a live audience.   All proceeds from the event are donated to Canuck Place Hospice and to date, the McNair Mini School has donated a whopping $15,000. It is amazing to watch all the students get up on the stage and perform.  It is equally amazing to watch the crowd cheer and support the performing students.  The talent and heart showcased was amazing.  However, this year’s show had a really great performance in the form of a voice of/for the youth and even for the rest of us.

The poem below was written and read by a student by the name of Manisha (who I am extremely proud to say is a former student of mine…… unfortunately not for English!)

Everyday we make a choice.

We choose to stand up and change the world, or we sit back and continue with our lives.

We choose to walk or bike, from school to work. We choose to ride the bus until we get off at the next stop.

We choose to go to school to get an education.

Highschool, scholarships, then university!

We sit at computers filliing out applications, suggesting a promising future.

Some of us have it all figured out, every little detail planned with perfection.

Others don’t know where they are going, so they take a break.

But if you’re like me, you know where you are going but sometimes you don’t know how to get there.

There are an unlimited amount of paths for me to choose from, but how can I know which one is right?

I don’t know where I will be in 20 years, but maybe not knowing is the best part.

At times like this, I refer myself to a quote from Dr. Seuss: “You have brains in you head. You have feet in you shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.”

There are people in the world who don’t get to choose, people who don’t get to choose because they have to work everyday to stay alive.

But all of us here, we have a choice

What choice will you make?


About bsoong

Vice Principal at Gladstone Secondary School in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Son, husband and father. Sports and movie fan.
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