April 3, 1997
My goals for the rest of the freshman year include the following: goals for leadership development, goals for a more structured routine, and goals for long-term dreams. As far as leadership development goes I am trying to lead the youth group I am currently in by incorporating more activities for the youth. I want to continue this progress because the youth group has about 20-25 youth and only five to ten of the youth are active. I have to say that my morning routine is rigid. However, my afternoons are not. I would like to be more organized in the afternoons. I know my lack of organization interferes with my sleep, since I am a teenager my sleep is very important!
My long term goals are very simple, be a fighter pilot in the Air Force. I realize that this maybe a rather hefty goal but as the saying goes “Aim High”. One of the things I really need to work on is my physical condition. If I can regiment my afternoons to incorporate exercise, this will no longer be a pest to me.
For the rest of my high school career I plan to continue leadership development, pursue my dream of being a fighter pilot, be more involved in school activities, and find a job. When I get a job I would like to work around airplanes. I would like to meet with some representatives, recruiters, and other individuals about going to the Air Force Academy or a ROTC aeronautical engineering college. I would have to join a competitive sports team if possible. I plan to be as active in my youth group as possible and to lead it more effectively.
After high school I plan to either go to the Air Force Academy, or a small Christian School and then go to an aeronautical engineering school. There is one more goal that I have not mentioned, which is the most important, that is my devotion to God. I do not want to live my entire life without Him in mind; instead I want to keep Him at the top of my priorities. It is written that if a man gains all the worldly possessions but then loses his own soul what has he gained.
Ben, age 15, paraphrased Matthew 6:33, 16:26, Mark 8:36.