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What Can Happen in a Day

Rhea Jain '21, Staff Writer

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Originally featured in the March 2018 Edition

One day, twenty-four hours, one thousand four hundred forty minutes, eighty-six thousand four hundred seconds. In one day, there will be nine million lightning strikes. You will say forty-eight thousand words ( If so much can happen in a day, why is this time repeatedly wasted?
One of the main issues teenagers face is procrastination. It is natural for us to want to relax now and finish work later. But this “relaxation time” adds up, and in the time a teenager spends scrolling through an Instagram feed, the problems that plague our world continue to grow.
Once we start Snapchatting or binge-watching Netflix, we just can’t stop. These technological companies do their jobs well. They finetune their programs so that we never want to stop using them. A single like on an Instagram post is a valuable reward we can’t help but constantly crave. Why are we all so obsessed with getting the most likes possible? Why do we have to finish that season of Grey’s Anatomy? Maybe if we were motivated to do something we really cared about, we would be able to break away from these tiny, time-consuming gadgets.
“I’ll do it tomorrow.” When is tomorrow? In a week? A month? When you sit down and say, “I’ll only watch TV for five minutes,” five minutes become ten, then thirty, then an hour. Before you know it, the day has passed by. An entire day of watching TV. A whole twenty-four hours down the drain. Some people may say, “Oh, it was only a day.” Would you believe me if I said you could have changed the world in that day?
Several historic leaders who have changed the world in a day: Martin Luther King Jr. presented his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963. That day, he changed the world for people of all identities all across America.
William Shakespeare’s first play Henry Ⅵ Part Ⅰ was produced on March 3, 1592, beginning a long line of theatrical masterpieces that would be remembered forever.
On June 4, 1919, Congress passed the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, thanks to Susan B. Anthony’s amazing efforts.
All these famous leaders changed the world in a day. But how can we change the world in a day?
Start by defining your priorities. If you set a goal for yourself to complete a certain amount of tasks by the end of the day and consistently work on it without any distractions, you might be surprised as to what you can accomplish.
Give yourself deadlines and follow them. Don’t just set them and then ignore them.
Minimize distractions as much as possible. Set a time during which you will work continuously, and turn off your phone and email for that time.
Find someone you look up to and strive to become like them. If you want to become a singer like Madonna, don’t expect it to just happen. Work for it every day, and you’ll find that you can achieve what you thought was impossible.
If everyone in the world found a cause, big or small, and fought for it, the world would become a better place in an astoundingly small amount of time. Whether it is saving animals, stopping pollution, providing food and water for the homeless, finding a cure for cancer, or inventing a life-changing machine, if we all started today and used every day to work towards it, we could all accomplish our goals.
Whatever you’re passionate about, do it now. Don’t wait for tomorrow, because if you start today, you will change the world.

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