There’s still time for you

May 7, 2008

by Kristin Hodges

Take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Leap.
Some things are just out of our hands. You can have three planners, four back-up plans and still things change.

I’ve always hated the months of April and May. April always seems too rushed and too busy. May is the month of change, and I’m always too stressed out from April to rationally deal with it.

Today I turn 22; today marks my last issue as a member of Tech Talk staff. The times are changing. I’ll be moving soon from the bayou to the Beltway, even though some details are still up in the air.

As this tree has grown in Ruston these 16 years, I have grown from a seed into a sapling. Yet it is time to be transplanted.

We’ve been chopped down and pruned, but we didn’t die. With the saws of classes, relationships and stress, we live. We are still looking, stretching to the sky. Strong trees grow at Tech. And nothing can destroy us.

In A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith writes, “A new tree had grown up from the stump and its trunk had grown along the ground until it reached a place where there were no wash lines above it. Then it had started to grow towards the sky again.”

Only God knows where our roots will finally rest. It’s just our job to deal with the concrete in our way.

There’s always going to be something more, something better. There are greener grasses, richer soils – that’s why you aren’t dead yet. We are not through growing.

We are going to cry, laugh and be sidetracked. The four back-up plans will turn into plan A. Without those transformations, we would never make it anywhere anyway.

The character Elphaba in the musical “Wicked” has a transformation in what she believes. She sings, “It’s time to trust my instincts; close my eyes and leap. It’s time to try defying gravity. I think I’ll try defying gravity and you can’t pull me down.”

So here it goes. “Everyone deserves a chance to fly.”

It’s time to close the window to the fire escape and cross the bridge by ourselves.

“But the tree hadn’t died… it hadn’t died. It lived! And nothing could destroy it.” I’ve got you, kid. Let’s roll.

Time to kiss Ruston goodbye. Throw away the rules; let life bring you bliss. It is time to defy gravity.

Kristin Hodges is a senior journalism major from Ruston who serves as managing editor for The Tech Talk. E-mail comments to kdh027@latech.edu