So, apparently the heart does not make blood. My entire life is a lie. And to all you people reading this, I must say, as a person with a devoted science background, you’re probably thinking I’m an idiot. Well apparently I am. While I knew the heart was responsible for circulating blood to the entire body, I sat in class the other day wondering where new blood was synthesized. Apparently bone marrow makes new blood. What an idiot. I’m glad I’m taking Biology, because, while this 5-hr honors course is kicking my butt (yes, 7 hrs. a week is not enough time to succeed, and yes, a 65% is an A), I’m learning so many things I didn’t know.
O.K. This might get philosophical for a minute:
So I was thinking the other day, the day when we think we have learned enough information and gleamed from enough experiences is the day we stop living — not in a literal way, but in a metaphorical way. Think about all the unmotivated kids we went to school with. They weren’t lacking in intelligence from being born that way; they just had no drive, no interest for intellectual expansion. That’s why they sat in Independence while we were there, are still sitting in Independence today, and will be remain useless to the world until they make a bad decision that leads to their doom. It sounds harsh, I know. But true.
I speak from experience (yes, this is my soapbox). After 19 years of being here, I’ve come to the realization that I lack the natural intelligence few have that allow them to succeed in just about anything they lay eyes on. I’ve had to rely on struggling, pushing forward, staying organized, and forcing myself to learn new things. I know that, while I may have just realized that marrow in bone is responsible for creating new blood cells, this hard work has paid off and given me the ability to push past my “natural” limit.
I have also come to the realization that I love helping people learn. Helping others pushing past similar “natural” barriers is rewarding because I get to help people break seemingly insurmountable barriers and push forward into new capacities for learning and knowledge.
These passions I have probably explain why it nearly drives me insane to watch people with natural talent, “natural intelligence,” if you will, to be complacent…to stay in the now. Potential: I thought I liked the word, but now I’m coming to an ever-increasing realization that “potential” more and more resembles disaster. So many people are glad to say, “I did enough.” “That should be sufficient.” “I only need a 50% on this final to get a ‘B’.”
While it tears me apart, maybe someone some day will take something from all my anger and frustration. Do hard things. Push past your limit. You literally can do ANYTHING you can set your mind to. Who’s willing to bear with me the struggles, pain, and embarrassment of going the extra yard?
Hey, you might even learn something crazier than where blood comes from!