“The new midlife is where you realize that even your failures make you more beautiful and are turned spiritually into success if you became a better person because of them. You became a more humble person. You became a more merciful and compassionate person.” This is a quote by Marianna Williamson. A profound American spiritual teacher, author and lecturer. Now a few of you know me on a personal level, but it would be rather unusual if I just stood here and rambled on about what I hold so close to my heart in terms of ethics and morals without a proper introduction. I am acquainted with a lot of you, meaning we’ve exchanged a “hello” or two and “how are you”‘s, and the occasional “did you know there was homework in that class?” Out of the lot of you, a couple of you are my immediate family. I came to Detroit Country Day as a junior, and I often get asked how I managed to survive the monotony of going through three different schools in four years. In all honesty, it doesn’t get on my nerves at the least. Because to me, it’s not just the monotony of moving, or the three different schools I have attended. It is the whole history and backlogs of sleepless nights and miscommunications and compassionate glances and resentments that I have carried with me in subsequent years. I’m not going to lie, it’s really difficult to start over and over and over again. And teaching myself to adapt to new friends and new peers and new acquaintances with new, fresh eyes, and not to approach these changes with self-resentment is actually a very humbling experience. I liked it a lot. I think teaching ourselves to take criticism and communicate with people is a very exciting experience. And I have done so much talking and indulging in new books and classes and seeing new perspectives, and I have learned so much about myself through looking at others. I’ve nourished my humanity, trying to figure out why I am here and what is our purpose, who is the real ring leader in this circus of life. Those kinds of questions. At some point in my high school career, I got sick of words and questions so I put them away with a new worldview. I got to work improving myself for the better, obtaining all the tools necessary, and I started changing my life in more sensible ways. One reason topics such as the very fabrication of humanity are held at a safe distance is to ensure it’s not tampered with like virtually every other fabric in our society. There is a lot of room for error that comes with being human, but sometimes it’s necessary to dust off those topics that we’ve shut away for so long, and that we’ve chosen to ignore so we don’t offend our neighbor.