By Dekobye Bibb-White
In English 12, seniors at Thurston were asked to think about their own life’s blueprint after reading Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech made six months before he was assassinated. King spoke to a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on Oct. 26, 1967.
He asked, “What is your life’s blueprint?”
In life many people have a plan, dream, or a picture of who they want to be. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would call this your blueprint.
“Whenever a building is constructed, you usually have an architect who draws a blueprint, and that blueprint serves as the pattern, as the guide, and a building is not well erected without a good, solid blueprint. Now each of you is in the process of building the structure of your lives, and the question is whether you have a proper, a solid and a sound blueprint,” said King.
Many young people have goals or dreams in mind they are too afraid and too shy to pursue. In that, they will never obtain those dreams because they’re selling their self short to pursue a lesser dream because it’s a safer route.
Going the safer route is not always a bad thing, it’s OK to have a plan B, but your real dream will stay in your mind for a lifetime until you set out and actually take the proper steps to obtain the goal.
MLK stated in his “Blueprint” speech that, “In your life’s blueprint should be a deep belief in your own dignity, your worth, and your own somebodiness.”
To accomplish whatever you have your eyes set out on, you have to work at it every day. Learn, practice, and hone your craft each and every day. You can’t just wake up and decide you want to be someone different today. Everyone has to work on who they’re trying to be.
MLK said “ you must have as the basic principle the determination to achieve excellence in your various fields of endeavors.”
This means that in order to achieve what you want, you have to be determined to get it and not stray off the path of success.
Lastly, do not only believe you can obtain your goal, but be the very best there was to do it. In life there are people who do “it” and people who perfect “it.” No one sets out a goal to be run of the mill, average, or mediocre but rather the best that ever lived, the model, or the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time).
Even Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Don’t just set out to do a good job. Set out to do such a good job that … the unborn … the living, the dead … couldn’tt do it better.”
No one can fail with that mindset.
All in all, the keys to success are having a plan (AKA a blueprint), self-determination and motivation, and the mindset to be the very best.
“Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the BEST of whatever you are.”
“When there are barriers you’re supposed to overcome them by not letting anyone put you or your dream down,” Thurston senior Jose Torres said. “Sometimes you need to rely on others for help and that’s OK. Everyone needs help once in awhile. Talking to people who have been through a lot and still manage to be successful could be a way to give you strength and motivation to overcome the barriers set in front of you.”
Senior Anthony Nash said he doesn’t view them as barriers.
“I view them as hills, or holes that I need to somehow climb or jump over, and that is exactly how I tackle them,” Nash said. “I have honestly built myself to overcome adversity.”
Finally, senior Rose Leonard said she wants to “change the world.”
“I have certain dreams, aspirations, and occupational wishes but if you really stand back and look at it –it isn’t about the small details, it’s entirely about the big picture,” Leonard said. “I want to help people in every possible way. I want to leave behind a legacy that people will be able to know all about long after I am gone. I do not wish to get to these heights all alone and I am very well aware that I will not be able to do this all by myself. A good strong foundation is my future’s key to success and I have to have a good support system, work hard on bettering myself and believe in my dreams and I will be able to move mountains.”
In 2016, the senior class finds the words of Martin Luther King Jr. very relevant.