Good morning, school.
A few weeks ago, I was sat in a scholars’ talk about astrophysics and the future of our planet. Don’t worry – I’m not going to get quite as existential as that this morning. It was when I was collecting my meal before the talk when I found my inspiration for my thought of the week; on the walls in the Jellicoe room, as I’m sure most of you are aware, you can find an array of inspirational quotes. The one that caught my eye was this: ‘We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea’.
For those of us in Nelson, our time in this pond is coming to an end. Our respective oceans lie on the horizon, offering both new opportunities and new challenges; we must be prepared to face both.
For the rest of you, every day at this school there are opportunities to try new things – perhaps you could choose a different games option next term, try public speaking, or write an article for the bubble; the list is almost endless.
Just because you have never tried something before doesn’t mean you can’t do it. There are hundreds of stories where famous people didn’t discover their fields until later in life; for example, Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man and many other Marvel characters, was 43 when he began drawing his legendary superheroes, and his partner Jack Kirby was 44 when he created The Fantastic Four.
So to my peers in Nelson, I’m taking this moment as a chance to wish you all good luck in the months ahead, and then in the years to follow. And to the rest of you, I am setting you a challenge: try something new this week -after all, now that we have reached the moon, the sky is no longer the limit.