Giant Shoulders

'I have only seen so far because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.' We build off of those before us. I came across this idea a few years ago, it has stuck with me, and it seems like a wonderful sentiment. This is an easily recognizable notion within the science community. The ologists of today are only conducting their level of work because of the sweat of their predecessors. But I believe that this pattern of growth goes much further than a field of study, this idea reaches around the world. Instead of someone having to begin at the absolute starting point, what others have done in the past allows us to do a sort of skip-ahead as they pass us the baton.

As for my personal experience, and how we can all directly relate to this, is by looking at the people who have raised us. My parents have gone through more struggles than I wish they would have had to. But despite that, the best thing they have done is set me and my siblings up with enough for each one of us to get our own things going. Growing up, we moved house numerous times, and as a boy, it was tough the first time I had to switch schools because I never had to say 'farewell for good' to anyone prior. Eventually, I had gone to eight different schools in Stockton, and all around the San Joaquin Valley. Those experiences did something for me, something that now makes me feel very lucky. From a young age, I grew to be very comfortable interacting with all kinds of peoples with naught hesitation, whether they be from different cultures or generations. What may seem like a drag, having to move so many times, actually helped me alot as I entered the adulthood.

Worldwide, the giants whose shoulders I have stood on are all those creative people who have taken it upon themselves to push their crafts to areas previously uncharted. Their pains, gains, and pursuits of unordinarily extraordinary discoveries made the world a better place for all of us, and they deserve thanks.

That is wonderful and all, but it doesn't mean that we get to live off of what others have done and leave it at that. Now we get to go through our very own muggle struggles, we have to be the ones to create the magic. Regarding that, I have an example I want to share with you. The lady J.K. Rowling- society intimately knows the world that she created, but not everyone knows the world that she came from. Some time ago, I researched her background and learned about how her life was wrapped in a darkness, but she had the light of her little girl to keep her going.

I try to understand and appreciate the severity of her circumstance, but I am really glad that I took the time to learn about it. We are very lucky to be able to watch a piece of literary history come to life, it is a story that will exist as long as we do. Things like this help me to realize that even though I always had crummy grades in school, particularly among my writing assignments, I can take it upon myself to practice and become great. I think that I am on the right write track, and I will continue refining my skill as I am fortunate enough to now run this, Column 33.

Nowadays, I always remind myself to remain in the student's seat, but I also have to push myself to venture out and pioneer new lands. Thank you to everyone who spends their time adding positivity to the world, and I know right now is my time too, so I will continue to do the same. I hope that by the time I become a wrinkly old bag of bones, my weathered and decrepit shoulder will have grown to help those after me see further.