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November 16, 2013

Teenhood Today: We can take message of 'The Wizard of Oz' to heart


The second part of the quote is about having all along what you long for most. You don’t have to look farther than your backyard. The contents of my backyard, however, consist of a tree, a garden and some annoying woodchucks, which I’m fairly certain do not make up my heart’s desires. So, I guess it’s not actually literal. It has more to do with finding the things you want inside of you. Which brings me back to the beginning portion of the quote. To make the world the way you want it and find your heart’s desire you need to make that change. Be the change you want to see in the world. Look inside of you.

The hardest battles are the ones we don’t fight. Sometimes if we stand up for what we want or believe in, we will find that we’ve just won our heart’s desire. Sometimes standing up for something is all it takes to prove to yourself that you can do whatever you set your mind to. That usually leads to discovering what you really truly want.

I don’t know how many times I’ve seen “The Wizard of Oz,” but memorizing the lines made me realize that there are some important things to learn from it. Sometimes we learn the best lessons from the things we see every day.

Miriam A. Thurber is a junior at Unatego Central School. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at

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