You are not defined by a number!

*Disclaimer- Before anything is said or conclusions are made too quickly, I want to say this is not one of those post where a teenager complains about an education they are lucky to receive. This is simply how I view the world we live in and the society we’ve created*

There are too many numbers in the world. Grades, weight, amount in the bank are all identified by numbers, sometimes higher sometimes lower. We live in a society that is obsessed with numbers.One number we all seem to stress about is the number on the scale. NEWSFLASH, You are beautiful. Your beauty, just like your journey through life, happiness, and success, is immeasurable. Day after day, countless people across the globe get on a scale in search of a number they think measures beauty and social acceptance.
Get off the scale! I have yet to see a scale that can tell you how enchanting your eyes are. I have yet to see a scale that can show you how wonderful your hair looks when the sun shines its glorious rays on it. I have yet to see a scale that can thank you for your compassion, sense of humor, and contagious smile. Get off the scale because I have yet to see one that can admire you for your perseverance when challenged in life.The scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love. Don’t give the scale more power than it has earned. Take note of the number, then get off the scale and live your life.Another number society has shoved in our faces is grades…too many times we worry about impressing the people in charge of our education and not about the passion we feel or our hunger for more knowledge. By having so many standards and expectations they have diminished our drive to actually care about what we are learning. There is nothing wrong with pushing us a little more to get to where the state wants us to be but I believe we should balance those skills with other tools to broaden our horizons, use our imagination and get the thirst for knowledge back in students. These added pressures which enable us to get higher test scores also have turned us into uncreative robots.Students should crave knowledge not numbers. I can’t remember the last time I was asked to write a short story or research a topic that interested me and was educational. I’ve always been a great student and never had a problem with going to school, but with the way we are encouraged to take on each day I feel the creativity and drive of the students slowly decreasing which is saddening. Education is one of the most important quality I believe someone can have, not the ability to take a test, an actual education and caring about what you’re learning. So here’s to not being just another number in a world filled with them. Go and stand out! When you die, no one will remember what you made on your Algebra test junior year or how much you gained over winter break so don’t let these numbers have more power they deserve. Your life is an occasion … rise to it!


*I apologize if this post stepped on anyone’s toes, I did not intend it to*

5 thoughts on “You are not defined by a number!

  1. Thanks Madeline,

    Sometimes we measure things because they are important, sometimes we measure them just because we can and forget they are not important, and sometimes things are important, but we can’t measure them. Wisdom is knowing the difference.

    1. You are totally right, thanks for sharing it I’m trying to get my “musings” spread to a bigger audience so this helped a lot! I would love to hear some advice from you, follow me on twitter @MLew1996

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