I can’t believe we’re here.
The end. When I started this blog, I hadn’t even taken my first class at the University of Missouri. I had never sat in a booth at Big 12, enjoyed a Saturday on Broadway, watched a basketball game in Mizzou Arena, or witnessed a win inside Taylor. I had never met some of my best friends, or had late night little talks with a certain hat wearing girl. I had never truly lived, not like these last years. No, these last four years were something special. They were indeed a little slice of heaven set in the middle of Missouri. Dreamville.
I want to thank all of you one more time for this journey. Over 50K views, countless conversations. You guys did that with me. And I am forever grateful. Here we talked about it all, because that is what this place was designed to be. A site where the things that nagged at my mind and tugged at my heart could be written down. From movies, to tv shows, to albums, when they came out we talked about them. We talked about sports. We talked about family and friendships. We talked about the little things that made Mizzou so special. When racial injustice happened in my hometown we talked. And when it happened again at Missouri, we again opened up this site, and talked some more. When we were all dealing with hardships, with depression, and long days, we talked. And when we had nothing to say, when I had nothing to give but my worries, and frustrations, we talked.
So let’s talk, one last time.
We’re all about to go do incredible things. These last four years, we’ve grown as professionals, as citizens with purpose, as human beings. And now the time has come to put all of those lessons, most of them had outside of a classroom, to great use. All of us, as Americans, have a civic duty to this country, and all of its people. It is our responsibility to make sure that a good education is a right for all, not just the privileged. It's our duty to make sure that healthcare is available to the everyone, and that no child is ever hungry, and that every veteran that has fought for this country is always taken care of. We have the civic duty to make sure that our justice system is fair and balanced and that we don’t leave discrimination against any of us unchecked.
And is our job as citizens of the greatest country in the world to make sure that no man who attempts to divide us, belittle the disenfranchised, or weaken our democracy is left to do so.
And I know that we are up to the task, of leaving this place better than we found it. But there is just one more thing. I do have one more thing to ask of you.
Promise me that you’ll Dream.
The power of a dream can never be understated. Dreams have built countries, and started revolutions, and saved lives, and brought stardom, and given power to those who needed it, and named presidents. Dreams are what we are built of. They are the things that light the path on our good days, and keep us going on the bad ones. They are free, and priceless, all at the same time. Don’t ever give up on your dreams, no matter how hard things get. I dream of being so many things. Athletic Director, TV Producer, Writer (check)...Politician.
Everyone deserves a chance at their dreams. It’s was all of this is for. All the hard days, all the sleepless nights, all the awful jobs, all the boring classes, all the crap we go through, it’s for our dreams, for our fairytales. I promise I’ll never stop dreaming with you, as long as you always dream with me.
In highschool, my newspaper teacher always told us to find our voice, and say something significant. And that was always my goal. Find my voice, say something significant, and impact at least one person. And I hope that through this blog, and in my life, and in the things I created, I impacted someone. I changed one life. But now, as this comes to a close, I offer the same words to all of you.
Find Your Voice. Say Something Significant. Dream.
Thank you for four great years. It’s been my honor. It’s been my privilege.
Always and Forever,
EICHEL | @EichelGDavis