“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama
Sure, stop isn’t the most positive word, and I’ll admit it. However, stop is a necessity, even if you don’t realize it.
Think about stop signs. Everybody knows when they see that big red octagon that they need to slow their vehicle to a complete halt. However, it is rarely thought about what may happen if stop signs ceased to exist. Car accidents and pedestrian accidents would become more common. Luckily, stop signs exist. However, due to the increase of texting and driving, people don’t look up to see a stop sign, and thus still get into accidents. (Not so fun fact: Texting and driving cause 1.6 million car crashes every year.) I bet you can see now how important stop signs are.
Speaking of electronics, I spend a ton of time on mine (as one does), which often causes me to get sidetracked from my homework. By the time I remember I was supposed to be doing work, it’s too late to complete a huge chunk of what I have missing. Sometimes, I also intentionally put off an assignment (a bad habit). These two things combined are two of my goals. What are my goals, you ask? To stop procrastinating and stop forgetting my homework.
The official definition of stop is ‘to cause to cease’, however my personal (and verb) definition is ‘to prevent someone from doing something.’ I need to prevent myself from procrastinating, staying up late, and forgetting my homework.
These goals all have to do with education, which brings me to this quote.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
If I want to change the world (a big goal), even in the smallest way, I must first make my education a powerful weapon. I can’t forget my homework because that will impact my learning. I also cannot procrastinate on assignments, staying up late to get them finished by the deadline.
I’m not really stopping for anybody else, but for myself. I need to do this, and I hope that I can stick to it.
Stop is one little word, a small one too, but it means a lot.