Friday, May 4, 2012

Tiger Print Senior Column: ‘No matter what I end up doing, love is all that matters.’

Senior Column: ‘No matter what I end up doing, love is all that matters.’

Jordan McEntee, Sports Editor

I remember when I was a little eighth grader.
I was 4 feet 9 inches tall. I wore my light blue KC Chaos soccer jacket and jeans just about every day.
My hair was always in a ponytail with different colored headbands, and I just scooted on through my days with a smile.
Hey, sounds like senior me, too (except, thank goodness, I grew a few inches).
But I specifically remember sitting in the computer lab at Blue Valley Middle, enrolling in my classes for freshman year.
With every click of the mouse, I felt like I was one step closer to discovering what in the world I wanted to do with the rest of my life.
Well, it’s senior year now — in fact, we’re graduating in 16 days — and I have more questions about my future than I did when I first walked into BV.
I do know that I’ll be rockin’ the crimson and blue at the University of Kansas next year.
And I do know that I’ll be studying journalism and hopefully doing some work for the University Daily Kansan newspaper.
But I don’t entirely know where I’m going to go from there.
Considering I’ve basically fallen in love with writing and designing for the Tiger Print, I would love to be a journalist. And since I spend close to every waking moment (when I’m not at school) up at St. Michael’s, I’d be thrilled to be a youth minister. But who knows what else I’ll discover.
I’ve spent the past four years in this school trying to figure out my future, yet I’m still in the dark.
But I’m perfectly okay with that, and this is why:
“Wherever God has put you, that is your vocation. It is not what we do, but how much love we put into it.”
Mother Teresa said that. What a genius.
So all this time I’ve spent stressing about what I’m going to do, all I needed to do was trust — trust that God has some amazing plan for my life, and that when I’m ready to figure it out, He’ll clue me in.
No matter what I end up doing, love is all that matters.
In the meantime, I’m going to continue living by my other favorite Mother Teresa quote: “Let no one come to you without leaving better and happier.”
Because, for us seniors, we only have a few more days until we graduate and are thrown out into the real world — a world that needs each and every one of us. All of us will find something we’re good at, something that makes us happy and something that we love to do.
It’s through that vocation that each of us can bring a little bit more joy into this beautiful world.