Have you seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? There’s a line that says, “Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop to look around once in a while, you might miss it.”
Before I decided to pursue journalism, I didn’t look around. I was completely isolated from anything besides myself. It didn’t interest me, and it wasn’t deemed important in my eyes. Unless it was a major event that rocked the whole world, I cannot remember a single current event from my first 18 years of life.
I saw the people in my school that were involved in debate and politics, and I avoided them. I thought I could be a journalist without changing, but I was wrong. Things changed when my isolated bubble was popped, and I read about things that were more important than myself.
Going into journalism completely shifted my view of reality. Hearing about world issues and determining how and why they happened is an incredible thing.
Now that the fog has been cleared in my life, I have noticed just how many people were like me. We get caught in the fast current of our own lives and forget to look up at the things happening around us.
We could all learn a lot by looking up every once in a while.