It’s another day. You’re sitting in your bedroom, trying to make one of the hardest choices there are. Trying to make the choice that you, your friends, your classmates and your peers have been struggling with for so very long. “Should I do my homework, or should I play video games?”. You know that you are officially supposed to study, but who cares? The teacher will probably not even check the homework. He never does. Why would he check it tomorrow? He didn’t check it the day before, so why would he check it the day after? You can probably get away with it, you have done it before. “It won’t be a problem” is what you keep telling yourself. You will probably have a better time spending your free time in front of that so very thrilling, exhilarating and highly inspirational computer screen, right?
No, not today. Today you got back that difficult history test you wrote last week, and you got the best grade in your class. The teacher even congratulated you for the progress you have made. You’re in for a change. Today, you decide you will do your homework; you want to see what happens, maybe it’s not that bad. After all, studying for that history test did really pay off in the end. You’re motivated. You sit down, you grab your bag, you solve that math equation, you write that English essay, you learn that business analysing technique. It’s late. You’re done with the homework. Time to go to bed.
Wake up, it’s the next day. Yesterday’s studying session sure was difficult, but you pulled it through. It’s a new day, yesterday’s studying doesn’t affect your mood anymore. You eat your breakfast, get your things ready, brush your teeth and go to school as normal. You get to class, ready to apologize for being late, you were waiting at the bus stop for 15 minutes! You’re about to walk through that door, when you see that your friend is trying to warn you about something. You’re trying to read her lips. “Leave, leave! He’s checking the homework”. Have you ever been so happy that the teacher decided to check the homework? You smile, you walk through the door, and take a sit next to your friend.
“Are you out of your mind? I told you he’s checking the homework!”
Yes, he is. But you came prepared, you have nothing to worry about. You show your homework to the teacher. He looks at you, nods and says he wants to see you after class. What would he possibly want? You didn’t do anything wrong. Every time a teacher wants to talk to you can mean nothing but bad news. Maybe if you pay attention in today’s lesson he will go easy on you, and so you do.
It’s the end of the class. You try to leave, but the teacher stops you. He still wants to talk to you? Yes, yes he does. So you wait for everyone to leave, and stay alone with him. But he doesn’t say that you need to keep up with the lessons. He doesn’t say that you will fail the finals. He doesn’t even say anything about you being late for class today. No, he simply smiles at you and congratulates you. You’ve really been putting some effort lately. Your marks are only getting better. You aced that history test you wrote last week, you did your homework for every lesson today, and you’ve been paying attention in class? He sees something growing in you, and now you see too.
You leave the classroom. Well, that sure went better than expected. You go home, hug your mom, hug your dad, eat your food, and you’re back to your room. “Hmm, I think I’ll do my homework today”. And so you do. And it wasn’t even that bad. Today doing your homework was easier than yesterday. And tomorrow it will be easier than it was today. Who knows, maybe you’ll make a routine out of it. After all, you did have some free time to play video games in the end.
Wake up, it’s the next day. Yesterday’s studying session sure was difficult, but you pulled it through. It’s a new day, yesterday’s studying doesn’t affect your mood anymore. You eat your breakfast, get your things ready, brush your teeth and go to school as normal. Everyone seems to be impressed by your progress. You’re finally getting some recognition for your efforts. And you realize why you haven’t for so long been getting any recognition. Because you made no efforts. But now you do. And it doesn’t feel like a burden, not at all. In fact, it feels like redemption. You finally made a difference. “At this pace, you’ll ace the finals!” says your teacher.
But wait, wait a second. You’re still standing in your room, an hour later. You still have to solve that math equation, you still have to write that English essay, and you have yet to learn that business analysing technique. You still have the choice to do your homework. You still have the choice to try.
Will you do it?
By Matt Pelekis