Caitlen Ramey is a freshman journalism major and writes "Cait's Corner" for the Daily News. Her views do not necessarily agree with those of the newspaper. Write to Caitlen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My spring break, like most, was spent in the comforts of my bed in my sweatpants and my unwashed hair thrown in a messy bun on top of my head. I spent a majority of the time watching “Say Yes to the Dress” marathons (a girl can dream, right?) and eating ample amounts of mac and cheese. It was “lit” to say the least.
Between the brides' tears and my own (some of those dresses cost more than my tuition), a Samsung commercial flashed across my screen, and despite not advertising any product, I was left a little stunned. The man on the television said, “[We have] one thing in common. When we’re told we can’t, we all have the same answer: ‘Watch Me.’”
I had a jumble of memories spiral throughout my brain and moments when I proved others wrong. From when I was six years old and the boys told me that I couldn’t throw a baseball, I said “Watch me,” and little did they know that many summers after that would be spent on the field covered in brick dust and a little sweat.
From when I was 15 years old and I was told that I couldn’t run for student government; I led the class the following 4 years and graduated with honors, and finally when I was I was 17 years old and my volleyball coach told me that I couldn’t be a hitter, I’m 5’2" and my vertical is an impressive 3 inches, so they weren’t completely wrong. But I said “Watch me” and I was an alternate hitter on varsity — it just took a lot of “umph.”
Through my short twenty years on this planet, I have learned a little something about human nature. There’s a switch and when we are told we cannot do something we must do it. There’s satisfaction when you prove others wrong and show that you’re doing much more than originally thought was capable of your small being.
There are so many people out there in the world who believe that our generation has nothing to give to this world. Here’s the problem: people tell us that we cannot do something and you start to believe it before you have the chance to prove that you are capable.
As we grow older we lose track of our childhood dreams because they were “unrealistic” or you aren’t cut out for the job. It takes work and it won’t be handed to you; it will be a challenge.
Do not let the world tell you that your dreams are ridiculous because there are plenty of people that were told the exact same thing and are very successful. You choose what success is, it isn’t always about the money, it is your life.
So, to those who have held me back and said I couldn’t, watch me.