Sometimes you feel like you can conquer the world. Even if “conquering the world” means successfully overthrowing an oppressive regime and successfully advocating and acquiring innovative infrastructure.
Kidding. Guys, I’m 21. Let’s be real.
The paragraph above roughly translates from “21-year-old-wannabe-revolutionary” to “language everyone else speaks” into: I just wanted a slide.
In my 21-year-old-ignorance (note: 21-year-old-ignorance is a very different thing than just being “ignant”) I cut through the red tape faster than Usain Bolt at the Olympics in his gold Hermes shoes. Unfortunately, despite my despise for red tape, it sometimes exists for a reason.
Anyway, I wrote this post, which detailed my experience with requesting a slide for the new Honors/Levine building. I wrote it in my signature blog style, meaning that since it wasn’t about war, or death, or depression, or basically the doomed fate of all mankind, I was extremely sarcastic, snarky, and facetious. (I urge you to read all of those linked posts if you have time, as they are perhaps my favorites).
Perfect for entertainment value. I mean, I got laughs out of it. I know other readers got laughs out of it. And laughs in a world such as this, in a time such as this, are something I desperately need.
Unfortunately, I underestimated the ability my blog and my words had to harness hope, motivation, and wherewithal, and overestimated the architect’s power to change that which had already been solidified.
I was made aware of these things a short time ago.
The main point of this post, in case you don’t want to read further, is that, I have been informed, a slide is not architecturally possible. So really, we won’t be able to get one. If you want other whimsical ideas that you yourself can individually implement, however, please feel free to comment or contact me. I have loads of ideas.
The second point, however, is a formal apology to anyone that post might have offended, misrepresented, or flat-out targeted. I can only say that the way I write on my blog is very different from my true feelings and the way in which I actually interact with others, and if I have to take a grain of salt when I read it, I strongly urge everyone else out there to swallow the whole shaker.
The third point, however, is that I learned that, though I am 21, and I have become influential and known at my institution, and I do have the knowledge, ability, and talent to articulate ideas and express ideas and subsequently achieve the goals of these ideas, I am still a subordinate to other people, and I have to respect their jobs, reputations, positions, and all of that good stuff.
Basically, though I am a leader in my own right, I am still being led. With quite a lot of free reign, let me be honest (heaven forbid anyone ever put me on a short reign), but still a reign, and biting the hand that feeds me is never a good thing, even if done entirely unintentionally.
So: we will not be getting a slide. (If someone wants to buy one from Lowes to put in the front yard, I am ALL EARS. Extendable and all). I made a mistake in the way I wrote that post. I also do not apologize for the post itself, or the intent behind the post, or the following support that apparently streamed in. I do, however, apologize for those I offended and my lack of foresight in the matter.
It seems dumb, you know, to say I learned a lesson over a slide, of all things, rather than, I dunno, any of the other super cool things I’ve done. But often, the lessons we learn are the ones we don’t plan, and the things we don’t look for.
People go into mission trips, or study abroad, or conferences, or any “super cool” thing like that literally looking for a lesson to learn. But when you aren’t looking, you often learn the most.
And so I digress, with two simple words: