As Edith Sodergran, a Finnish poet, once wrote “The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses.” Every one of you in this room has in inner fire. This inner fire is what drives your desires and decisions in your life. Some of yours are well maintained, clear of ashes and burning cleanly, while others have yet to learn how to keep it from running out or suffocating. I am not a fireman or a spiritualist; however, I am a college student. If there is one thing that all college students know about, it is how to burn out. That is why I would like to talk to you all today about what I personally need to keep my fire burning, in hopes that it may help you understand better what you need to keep yourselves alight. For any fire to exist, it requires at least three things: Fuel, air, and heat. But what do these components mean to people? Let me explain.
Have you ever felt run down and needed to refuel? Fuel is what keeps you energized in life. What keeps you inspired and motivated to give each day your best effort and to create positive energy for yourselves and others. For my personal fire, achievement is my main fuel. In my personal life, my flame will keep burning so long as I believe I am making progress.
For example, growing up I was homeschooled. Although homeschooling can work for some people, there were many things it could not provide for me. As a result, I ended up feeling very depressed. It was not until I went to Mercer that I got the educational and social interaction that I needed. I performed much better in college than I did previously. I felt personally recharged and found myself doing better because I felt better about doing.
Another of my experiences with achievement was when I was working on an extracurricular project over the summer. I got with some fellow students and worked on a coding project. The project got off to a good start, but collapsed due to poor management. Because of this, I felt unenthusiastic for the time I had wasted. But after thinking about it, I made a list of all the things I learned. It was then that I realized how much the failures taught me and this reignited my passion for the project, leading me to work on it on my own.
It is my successes and learning experiences that refuel me, and want to make me keep going. But what is it that ignited me in the first place?
You need to have heat to start a fire. Heat is just a type of energy, and can come from many different sources in your life. One of my biggest sources of energy and inspiration comes from the people in my life.
My family has always been a source of positive energy. No matter what it is that I wanted to do they have been there to offer moral support. It is easier to foster positive energy when you are not weighted down, worrying whether or not the people that...