I am too young to drive, but I’m pretty sure that you drive by looking out the front window and not by staring into your rear-view mirrors. It’s good to look back and see that there may be danger in the form of a crazy car gone mad, but you should pay the most attention to what’s in front.
It’s the same way with life. We need to look back at our past and smile at the chickens in our life, laugh at the squirrels and other irrational fears, and learn from our mistakes. But we can’t spend all of our time looking back with “what if’s” and “if only’s” stuck on our lips. We need to take what we know about the past and apply it to the future. Learn from your mistakes, but don’t get too caught up in the past. The future is always running into you. Sorry. You need to be ready for it.
So join me in saying goodbye to the chicken (and all the other “chickens” in our lives) and looking to the future. Say goodbye, but don’t forget them. Don’t dwell on them, but let them live in a part of you. Long live the chickens!
Miriam A. Thurber is a sophomore at Unatego Central School. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/teentalk.