Respect for others must be central to what we do

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During the short time I have spent on this planet, I have started to realise something. No matter what you do, or where you go, there will no doubt be something or someone there to ruin the experience. Our sixth year Leavers Day was last Friday, and, although it was fairly successful, of course there had to be some form of inevitable drama and chaos that would not only cast a cloud over the event as a whole but ruin it for teachers and future leavers alike.

I find several things frustrating about the later events of what was actually a fantastic day, but I can take away several things from it which I am sure I can apply to life. Lesson number one: things may seem like fun and games at the time, but, in the end, there will be consequences. People need to understand that even the smallest of actions can cause detrimental effects to you and those around you.

This brings me to lesson number two: think of others before yourself. Simply taking into consideration those around you before doing something which makes you seem like “the big man” will avoid masses of controversy and trouble. Why should others suffer because of your wrongdoings?

Finally, lesson number three: think before you do. If your ‘plan’ strikes you as being a little too extravagant, play it safe and don’t do it. It only takes a moment of thought to save you from years of trouble.

I find it upsetting that the actions of one small group have caused wreckage amongst one significantly larger: teachers, future sixth years and myself and the rest of our year alike. Although something may seem hilarious at the time, just stop and think. Respect for others requires no thought at all.