An Idiot, A Superman in Training

“You must write every single day of your Life…You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders and sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads…May you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake the world.”

– Ray Bradbury

100 posts ago, I started this blog. It all began with a promise to tell the Truth and a vow to always try to try my best.

Here we are on my 100th post, and I am writing to you for the Last Time. Around 7:00 this afternoon, I’ll be walking at graduation. I’ll be taking my Last Steps as a High Schooler and my First Steps as a college-bound seventeen-year-old. I’m happy to be walking with two kids who have been there for me ever since that fateful day in 5th Grade when I sat next to them on the bus: Jacob and Zach.

It’s an honor to walk with those two. And it’s an honor to graduate with Gull Lake’s Class of 2013. I’ll see you all on the other side.

I feel as though this blog has served it’s purpose. 100 posts comprised purely of Life as a teenager in the 21st Century.

100 posts about the Life of an Idiot.

I can’t express how much I troubled myself over what to say here. I mean, this is it. This is the Last Post. What do I want my Good-Bye to be? My Au Revoir? My “The End”?

I suppose I’ll just try to say what’s been on my mind from the very start. I’ll just try to express how important it is to Live. After all, this blog is called The Life of an Idiot. It’s all about Life and the willingness to Live it. Because the world is going to keep spinning, regardless of our desires. It’s our job as humans to take advantage of the way the world works, it’s our job to find joy in everything. The simple things, the complex ones. It’s our job to Live the Lives we want because, ignoring what we may believe about the afterlife, this is our one shot on Earth in this body. This is the only time in the history of everything that Brian Henry Wiegand will exist. So…I better make it worthwhile. I better respect the opportunities the cosmos has given me by taking advantage of them. I better go Live it up.

You know, this whole year I kept looking at things like it was “The Year of Lasts” and that it was “all over” and that this was “The End”…But it was also a Year of Firsts. And as much as it was all over, it was also just starting. As much as it was The End, it was also The Beginning. I know I have so much to look forward to. So much Life left to Live.

The best part about it all…is that as I go out into the world, I carry with me the flame of everything I gained from Gull Lake. I carry with me Coach Portis and all he taught me about hard work, I carry Coach Hawkins and all he made me realize about myself, I carry Coach Flynn and all she taught me about standing up for what I believe in, I carry Mr. Nott and all he taught me about love and imagination, I carry Jason and the Playwright and Carter White and Will Rawlings and Juror No. 8, I carry Peter Pan, I carry Superman, I carry every last one of my friends, I carry my father and all he taught me about what it really means to be a man, I carry my mother and all she taught me about this world, I carry Molly and all she taught me about growing up, and I carry my High School self…my foolish, Idiotic, goofy self.

I don’t want to drag on too much longer…I suppose I’ll wrap up with one last piece of parting advice. It comes in the form of a Sylvia Plath quote I heard Coach Hawkins read at the Senior Honors Assembly: “Everything in Life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

I’ll only say this one Last Time…Write. Go out and Live Life, then write about it. Reflect on it and uncover the Truth. Because this world is filled with absolute beauty, if you’ve got the boldness to see it and call it out.

I can only hope that this blog uncovered beauty for anyone that read it. I can only hope that…

Maybe…just maybe, it held Truths for Idiots everywhere…

-Brian Wiegand (An Idiot, A Superman in training)

In Advocation of Video Projects

I’m trying to say what really matters. Because I don’t have much time left.

None of us do, really.

So, I’m trying to say what I need to say.

I thought for a long time what I would make this blog about. And it took a while before I decided I would write a post In Advocation of Video Projects.

I decided this because Video Projects were one of the most fun things I did in High School. This has less to do with the projects themselves, and more to do with the people I did them with. Video Projects were this ultimate excuse to spend a day with a great group of people, just joking around on camera.

Whether it was reenacting a scene from Shakespeare for English or explaining a theory in Math or…teaching a lesson in AP Chemistry, Video Projects were always a blast.

Most recently, I made a video for AP Chemistry. More specifically, I made:

An Idiot’s Survival Guide: How to Survive AP Chemistry (In 10 Simple Steps)

Before I paste the link in here, I’d like to clarify a few things. First! I’m a sap. And the end of the video gets pretty sappy. Second! Unfortunately, Mr. Portis felt that if I wanted to get a grade higher than a C…I had to actually put “educational information” in my video. It had to be “worth-while“. Sometimes that Mr. Portis can be pretty crazy. Anyway, that means that there are  a few…serious parts in the video.

All in all, I hope you enjoy it. The link is below.

Click here.

I had so much fun making that video. It was the perfect way to finish off my Senior Year. Especially my Senior Year in AP Chem. Because whether we like it or not, AP classes start to hold a sentimental value as the year progresses. It’s hard to spend an entire year with 20 other kids in one class and not feel some kind of attachment to them.

Anyway, to all the teachers of this world: Maybe video projects don’t always work the best with helping students understand material…but they sure are fun.

They sure are worth it.

-Brian Wiegand (An Idiot, A Superman in training)