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A rebirth of the Renaissance man?

July 11, 2014
McELROY

McELROY

Cody “Tick” McElroy
Managing Editor

 I have a friend. He graduated here from Tech in nursing. He works out of Monroe using his degree. But he has another hobby, a half-job if you will. He fixes computers, and he’s good at it.

As a matter of fact, he could probably teach classes on computers, knows probably close to enough for a degree in the field.

That is to say, on top of being one of the best saxophone players in north Louisiana, he is a man of science, technology and music. He is a modern day Renaissance man. Not to mention his being politically aware and knowledgeable and appreciative of firearms.

He makes me jealous and makes me wonder how proficient I am at my trades: a somewhat scribe, a reader and writer; a drummer; a horse rider and lightly experienced farm hand; and a hopefully soon-to-be state record holding powerlifter, among other things in my past, including having played rugby and football.

Since “now is the summer of our discontent,” meaning, as you, “The Young and The Restless” Tech students or anyone else with some level of gumption who are now looking to blow off some steam, I ask you: On what will you focus your energies?

How often have you heard in respect to following your dreams, “Just ask yourself, ‘Why not?’”

Embrace it! I swear, if you really wanted to learn that language, start on that instrument, learn that subject, read that book, it’s out there. We have the Internet, for goodness’ sake!

I’ve never had a drum lesson in my life, unless you count the hours on YouTube, which taught me triplets, paradiddles, drum covers and just allowed me to pick the brains of some of my favorite instrumentalists by watching interviews.

You could litterally become a mechanical engineer in all practicality through Wikipedia with enough effort, though not necessarily easily. And with the universe of knowledge and a summer of time, why not?

Life is hard, and it’s easy to ask, like my 11-year-old little sister did, “Why even make our bed in the morning? We’re just gonna mess it up again.”

That line of reasoning leads you to determining that life isn’t even worth living. The only thing we know for sure is not that we will be here tomorrow, or even where we came from, but where we are now.

And I know where I am now, learning an instrument, learning a trade this fall in law school, bettering my body in the gym.

Become a modern day Renaissance person. It gives life purpose.

Cody McElroy is a senior english major and journalism minor from Grayson who serves as managing editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to ako005@latech.edu.

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