The weird thing is that the word “leader” itself is cliché and boring, but when you come across somebody who actually is a real leader, that person isn’t cliché or boring at all; in fact he’s sort of the opposite of cliché and boring.
Obviously, a real leader isn’t just somebody who has ideas you agree with, nor is it just somebody you happen to believe is a good guy. Think about it. A real leader is somebody who, because of his own particular power and charisma and example, is able to inspire people, with “inspire” being used here in a serious and non-cliché way. A real leader can somehow get us to do certain things that deep down we think are good and want to be able to do but usually can’t get ourselves to do on our own. It’s a mysterious quality, hard to define, but we always know it when we see it, even as kids. You can probably remember seeing it in certain really great coaches, or teachers, or some extremely cool older kid you “looked up to” (interesting phrase) and wanted to be just like. Some of us remember seeing the quality as kids in a minister or rabbi, or a scoutmaster, or a parent, or a friend’s parent, or a supervisor in a summer job. And yes, all these are “authority figures,” but it’s a special kind of authority. If you’ve ever spent time in the military, you know how incredibly easy it is to tell which of your superiors are real leaders and which aren’t, and how little rank has to do with it. A leader’s real “authority” is a power you voluntarily give him, and you grant him this authority not with resentment or resignation but happily; it feels right. Deep down, you almost always like how a real leader makes you feel, the way you find yourself working harder and pushing yourself and thinking in ways you couldn’t ever get to on your own.
In other words, a real leader is somebody who can help us overcome the limitations of our own individual laziness and selfishness and weakness and fear and get us to do better things than we can get ourselves to do on our own.
Feels so good to be mean
Today was wow. A prettyyyy bad day. First off last night he and I had an argument about what he was doing and how he misses Samantha and about what was more important: knowledge or character. I of course went with character because that’s who I am. Then today my math teacher was mad because i was late. Don’t worry Mrs. won’t happen again. And then I had chemistry and he would not acknowledge what I was saying. Whatever happened to being friends after you “break up”. Lol Idk what we even were but whatever it was I called it off yesterday and he finally decided to straighten up. I can assure you I don’t think its over but I dI no longer would rather be stepped on than be without him, a day I can’t wait for. Then on the way home I wanted to go to Lowe’s to look at the flowers but i guess God din’t want me to because someone rear ended me and then drove off. Waste of my time. Then I just found out it was De pue. Even stupider. Lets see how much worse this day can get.