Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Y is for You Only Live Once

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Y is for You Only Live Once
Y is for YOLO which stands for You Only Live Once and here at Cedar Ridge Private Therapeutic International Boarding School we are taught the value and meaning of the short amount of time that we truly have in and throughout lifetime. Here students are able to reflect on our lives and the issues we have as students at Cedar Ridge through our daily activities such as karate, yoga, and even basketball. We are encouraged by our therapists to think about what we want and who we want to be. Our therapists do this not through a religious purpose, or any other purpose, but more on what WE as students think our purpose in life is. I have had the amazing opportunity to be here and attend Cedar Ridge to learn about the opportunities of life. I have learned the opportunities that life holds as well as the surprises, disappointments, and most of all life’s happiness.

Although this phrase is over used in today’s generation it applies very much to the lives of many of the kids that attend Cedar Ridge. Because no matter what, we are here as students to learn, to understand, and appreciate the value that life has to offer us. As far as I know and understand it, we have only a one way ticket on this crazy ride. In life you only get one shot to do what you want to do, to make your mark, to create your legacy…… Looking at life’s road and mountain of trials and tribulations that may be ahead can be a very daunting and hard task to understand for those who wish not to work, but for the kids I have encountered here we all want something better in our lives. We will have something better for ourselves and our futures.

Living once and having this opportunity now to fix our problems, struggles, and issues is a privileged opportunity. No matter where you come from, where you’ve been, it’s not about that; it’s about who you are now and where you are going. You’ve got one shot to make the difference to go for gold and reach for the stars. I feel that all of the young ladies and gentlemen here have truly come to understand this idea. Some of us are going to college, some to the military, and others straight into life and to the work force. At the end of the day, we all know and understand the phrase YOLO, and we will go to be the best we can be. We will fight to accomplish our dreams, and our goals no matter what others say or what life throws at us. That is the meaning of YOLO to the students here at Cedar Ridge Private Therapeutic International Boarding School.

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A student at Cedar Ridge enjoying one of the many opportunities to see petroglyphs in Utah.

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