This brings me to Lin Hao. He was a nine-year-old boy in 2nd grade sitting in his classroom when an earthquake hit and collapsed the entire building. He was the first one out, yet at risk to his own life, he went back into the building to pull out two classmates. He could have easily stood by and waited for someone else to help, but he decided not to be a bystander. When asked why he risked his own life, he said, “I was the hall monitor, it was my job to look after my classmates.”
In thinking about the three examples above I want to remind all of you not to go through your life as a bystander, waiting for someone else to react. This is applicable in all aspects of our lives. If you want something, work for it, don’t wait for it to be handed to you. If you know something can be improved in your life, work, school, speak up and say so. I invite you all to be the change that you want to see in the world. If you want to graduate this year, take action to do so. Set your own timelines, and make it happen. Keep your eye out too: there may be big and small emergencies along the way that require the Lin Hao in us.
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