This blows my mind, let me tell you, it blows my mind. I swear, I’m gonna say that phrase at least fifty more times before this post is over, because it just blows my mind. We need to talk about walking the walk, because nobody does it! Nobody takes the steps anymore, nobody goes through the necessary motions. Everybody can talk the talk, and simply nobody walks the walk! AND IT BLOWS MY MIND.
Okay, we’re gonna break it down into five sections.
Firstly, you’ve got the kids who literally could not care less. They don’t have any regard for anything at all; they’re completely unplugged from every responsibility and are entirely unaware of the fact that their actions influence others. These kids, and I call them kids for a reason, have not yet realized there is a walk to walk–they haven’t seen the path, they haven’t figured out that they have an obligation in life. My main beef isn’t with them; they don’t need a post on ‘Walk the Walk’, they need a post on ‘The Walk’. They do not know the walk, and they do not know the walking, either.
Next up, we’ve got the teens who are looking for the walk and can’t find it. They’re walking, but without a path, without the walk, they’re simply wandering. While ‘not all who wander are lost’, as my sister insists, they are aimlessly applying whatever they can muster, but without a goal, without a plan, without a walk, their efforts go to waste. They wish to do well in life, but they don’t know what they want out of life, and thus it’s difficult for them to accomplish anything. They do not know the walk, but they know the walking, and it’s more important to know the walking than it is the walk. I appreciate the motivation of these folks.
Following logically, we have the converse: teens who know what they want and don’t know how to get it. This group is considerably smaller, for the process is defined by the goal (look here!), but it still is a group worthy of mention. These are the teens who have their goals, their aspirations, their walk…but they haven’t yet found their ability to walk, their walking. They wish to be something, to do something, but their choices and their circumstances make it incredibly difficult–not impossible–to start walking. They know their walk, and know not their walking.
These three groups, in conjunction, bother me a tiny fraction of how much the fourth group BLOWS MY MIND. Because the fourth group knows their walk, and knows their walking, and does nothing! Are you kidding me?! You got it planned out in front of you! It’s literally right there, and you don’t walk the walk! Like, I don’t understand how you can be in high school and get bad grades…how are you going to allow that to happen? We all have our own capacities, I get that; I’m lucky enough, I’m blessed enough, that there are quizzes and tests for which I do not have to study. But I don’t study only because I don’t have to take that walk! I want good grades, and I get there without studying, I do. For most people, they’ve got to study. But if you want good grades, if you want to get an education, if you want to be intelligent, if you want to go to a good college, if you want a good career, then guess what?! If studying is your walk, then dammit, WALK IT!! Come on!
I don’t understand how you can be in high school and not get good grades, because everybody’s talking the talk. Everybody in high school talks about how they’re going to succeed, but if your success travels through an education, if it travels, as most walks do, through college, then I don’t understand how you fail a quiz. I don’t understand how you miss a homework. I don’t understand how you can talk about making it into the college of your dreams, and then party the next weekend. How…I don’t…you just…IT BLOWS MY MIND! WALK THE WALK! Are your convictions so ephemeral, your desires so fleeting, that you can’t walk the walk for a week?! A day?! I can’t tell you the number of high school students who want to get good grades, do not apply themselves, and are shocked by the disappointing results.
You just tried to get from here to there without moving!! You didn’t walk! Gah!
I know I’m heated, I know I’m fired up, but this is important. This is crunch time, this is put up or shut up, you know? I don’t understand how you can want something, how you can know that you want something…and yet not walk the walk. Everything we talk about, everything I’ve posted…it’s an effort to get you to walk the walk. Anybody can talk, that’s a dedication to a goal, we talked about that (look here again!). I need you to walk the walk. Make it happen, cap’n!
…blows my mind…
Walk the walk. Please, in the name of all that is good and holy in the world, let’s go to work. Walk that walk.