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New life

BY Sonny Orr Sep 26, 2023

Whew, what a summer… interrupted. It’s not a season that many would acquaint themselves with as being a hazardous time, but it was this year. The summer of scorching fires across the country made headlines and as I write, another natural disaster has hit elsewhere on the planet in the form of earthquakes. I shudder to think what that type of disaster would do to us up here in the North. Most likely a huge tsunami created by a giant burp in the mantle of northern America, most of which consists of rivers, lakes and all kinds of ice.

Now for the good news. There were a few pageants that emphasized the youth’s ambitions, desires and general outlook on life that are on display for others to take pride in and notice the good side of life for a change. These are positive events that don’t care about beauty and aesthetic appeal like the ones Trump used to host, but more of the human side is presented. I like knowing that no matter who you are you can be a role model for others.

Back in the day we were encouraged to care for ourselves. General hygiene and athletics were combined with leadership skills and knowledge that were transferred to others outside of that group or community. Many times, we were seen as role models who could do anything that needed to be done in a way that could only be done by us, or so it seemed. 

Later in life, those leadership skills and knowledge are still retained in the class of 1974. Yep, 49 years ago. For many that is ancient, but for others it’s just a number. I like to think of it as a life that was measured by events and memories and slightly littered with a few recollections best forgotten.

I see that graduations are increasing, and this is great. It’s a good reminder to our leaders that the youth have to have a life to live for and a good future to grow up in. Yep, that means more schooling and education sites – maybe a local university. The days of sending your kids out to get an education should be over by now. This new generation will never feel the pain of being yanked away from their families and sent to a school far away, only to return as a stranger with new knowledge that was forced into their minds. Nope, no kid will have to endure that again and no family should be separated against their will.

My writing skills, which I learnt in grade school and how to type like a maniac in high school, made me into something I never knew was possible, a journalist for a fine publication like this one. Life is full of mysteries. So, take note all those students out there trying to learn something helpful to use in life, don’t give up trying to understand why you need these skills, just learn them and figure out why later. You never know, you could be a scriptwriter or a superstar in the making, without ever planning to be one. There’s nothing wrong with a good plan for your life, so keep on planning for your future.

For those with lofty ambitions, remember they start at the bottom and work their way up, with a lot of turbulence. So, get ready for the ride of your life, which is your future. Remember that the future can be predicted if you plan ahead as you are in that future picture somewhere. Dreams are reality when you make them happen beyond your usual time-wasting daydreams. And if you have problems with trying to make that future happen, don’t confuse money as being the solution – money can only fix money problems.

Again, to everyone, make life happen for you and don’t wait for life to happen to you.

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Sonny Orr is Cree from Chisasibi, and has been a columnist for the Nation for over 20 years. He regularly pens Rez Notes from the cozy social club in Whapmagoostui where he resides.