Open Your Eyes
My name is Dakota James Gochee and today I am deciding to blast out against this system we have in the United States. I have a lot that I would like to share that people need to listen to so please sit back and take all of this very harshly.
For the past 12 years I have been in the public education system slaving away more than half of those years through countless unneeded assignments and state tests to assess my intelligence. We were always told that we needed our diploma to go on and see what this world has in store, so we can go to at least another 2 years of school that we pay an arm and a leg for just to live out our boring basic lives. Those lives consist of finding someone to love, starting a family, working a boring 9-5 job, and paying bills. So many of you really believe that and it’s good, because we need that natural selection of intelligence to weed you out. Those boring 9-5 jobs are needed in this economy, most of them are doing things that people need and/or want providing a purpose for them, to keep our system in check. Before I go any further into my discoveries I want you to know this is not some bullshit “conspiracy” theory. Along the topic of basic supply and demand, which we all learned at a very young age, come people that dared to venture out, such as Albert Einstein and Bill Gates. They both have one thing in common. Can you place what that was? That’s right: they both never conformed and they exited the public education system without “graduating.” Both of these men noticed that school does not help. You need to find your strength and put it to good use. Bill Gates’s was technology and Albert’s was science and math, both very common in the States and around the world, so to say.
Have you been told by your parents that for the past however many years you needed to go to school but found something that would work for you that doesn’t require school? Are you starting to realize that the school system after 10th grade teaches you mostly shit you will never need in life? Do you feel content with the amount of information in your brain to be successful with life? All you need to do is find what you are good at and believe in yourself. Trust me. Follow your dream. The “American Dream” exists, and that is a promise. You really can do anything you set your mind to, there was always be people that need your talent. If there is a demand for what you are good at it, never do it for free make a life out of it. Do it for your own good. You were not born into this country to sit and pay bills. You really weren’t. You could be the genius that invents a flavor of coffee nobody's ever tasted before. You weren’t meant to flip burgers or serve coffee to people all of your life. You have a hidden talent and you know what that is. Everyone does. If we all reached down deep and found that secret and put it to use this world would be completely different. I know kids that are in sixth maybe seventh grade that are more intelligent than half of the people that govern this country or even attempt to run for president. Get your head out of the gutter. Don’t stick around people who don’t believe in you, pride yourself over everything else.
Follow your idols as well. If you see something you think you could make a lifestyle out of there is a very damn good chance you actually could. Think of people who write books. That’s entertainment right? That is one way that you can make your life without needing a full education. Education is not key, everyone is different, high school almost just drags you down believe it or not. I’ve lost more than enough of my friends to the fact that they felt lost and weren’t sure if they could do anything special with their lives and that shouldn’t be a thing. Suicide is a very taboo topic and it’s actually illegal in the United States to kill yourself. Yes, it’s illegal for you to make the decision that you don’t want to live anymore. It’s illegal for you to say “I’ve had enough, I don’t wanna do this anymore.” That’s because the government needs us alive to be part of its system. It needs us alive to fall into the boring middle class so we can keep the world populated. I guarantee nobody that is super rich and famous went through their lives thinking “I love what I do.” They spoke out and did something that they love no matter how long it took them to gain their wings and get off their feet. Prime example: musicians. Do you think they woke up one day and said, “Holy shit I can sing, let me instantly make a record and get signed so I can make money?” No, the answer is no. They worked their fucking asses off so they could get to the place they are in life, but creating music takes little to no public school education. Do you think Billy Mays, the beloved infomercial salesmen made his debut in public education? No, he took his talent, found what he was good at, and made MILLIONS off of stupid Oxiclean commercials. Don’t even get me started on whoever the fuck invented Oxiclean by probably mixing random chemicals in his basement and finding out it cleaned really well. They are probably sitting on a yacht over the Atlantic Ocean right now drinking $3,000 champagne with his/her wife enjoying their life like we all deserve to. Let me break this down for you: everything in this world takes work, but you should always work to accomplish what you love. Break the cycle so to say. Prove everyone that has ever doubted you wrong.
I have two words: natural selection. We still do in fact need this form of sorting in order for the system to operate. No matter what, we all cannot do what our hearts desire because some of us were born with certain barriers that keep up from crossing certain boundaries in our lives. I know some friends of mine personally that were born with certain learning disabilities that hold them back from their utmost potential but that is out of their hands. What I’m referring to by natural selection are people who have a certain set of skills or limit themselves to only doing desk jobs or flipping burgers because overall, if we didn’t have people like this, the world would fall apart. I can guarantee most people, myself included, would lose their minds if we didn’t have certain places to eat. We need the bottom feeders of our world to keep it circulating, as sad as that is. I know for a fact if I woke up one morning and craved some Chinese food from down the block, but everyone was out chasing their dreams and there was nobody to deliver my food, I would be beyond livid. This article is not meant for everyone in the world and with that we dive into the ugly factors of honesty this world has to offer. Money is worth more than your own precious life at this point. Think about how sad that is. You can Google someone's net worth and it's not “oh wow, you know they’re a person, an intellectual being.” No. You Google Ryan Gosling and at the time this article, he is worth approximately 30 million dollars. Bullshit, right? This world cares about money and keeping everyone in line more than their actual lives.
If you actually enjoy school and/or feel as if you could have a career making people happy or with something that school actually teaches you, well then, more power to you. Some odd percentage of kids these days drop out because they want to chase their dreams but it never happens and you have to sit and wonder what went wrong. Some people made it. They failed because their motivation and effort fell short. Practice makes perfect and nothing comes without time. You have to have extreme patience. Not everything you do in this world also has to make you money as long is it for the benefit of others. The concept of supply/demand. If you are doing something and it helps someone overcome something, whether it be loneliness and depression to the struggle of motivation or even donating to a charity to help someone get back on their feet, there is always a purpose for everything and sometimes it’s very hard to find. It could be hidden inside the fine print of the system’s guidelines. I’m also not saying at all that education isn’t needed up to a certain extent, but I feel like they can throw you a life test at what you need as basic skills to survive when you feel like you’re ready. If you pass that test, you should be able to technically “graduate” the public school system without being frowned upon for “dropping out.” I just see school as this factor for certain people that makes them stressed out and they worry about not making their parents happy with their choices so they flaunt around and act like nothing's bothering them when really, truthfully, it is, and then it gets to a certain extent in their minds that they can't operate with the weight of it all pushing down.
The school system itself has a lot of problems too, with bullying and overcharging kids to eat meals that wouldn't even scale out to a nutrition board serving size. This is another reason why half of the kids in the school system don’t make it to graduation. Bullying is the prime source of suicide in kids 12-18 in the United States and that is a proven statistic. A kid should never feel like he or she is worthless enough to take his or her own life. In high school, I was an outcast that resorted to online classes to avoid dealing with the issues of an average public high school, but that didn’t help because you still have your thoughts. Nobody that feels like they need school or anyone at all should be pushed out of their own space and be forced to feel unwelcome because of someone else’s ignorance.
I guess what I'm saying is that you really should never feel the need to conform. If you feel you’re different, then you really should chase that gut feeling as your gut will always be your best source of direction. Be that 5% of the world that does things others wish they could. Be that kid that can say “I didn't do what I was told and look where I am.” If you dream is to make the next blockbuster movie to take over theaters like Deadpool or The Fault in Our Stars, do it. If you feel like you want to make the next AAA video game that will go toe to toe with franchises such as Battlefield and Call of Duty do it. If you want to write scary stories that will keep people's phobias alive past their teenage years and throughout their lives, do it. Never do what you don’t want to. Chase your dreams and seriously make the best of your life. It’s so, so, so fucking short and it might not make sense right now, but dig deep and find your inspiration. There will always be people that will love your output and love you for you, not the decisions you make.
- Dakota G.
What is Advocacy?
Advocacy is a more close to home or emotional side of Metal Lifestyle that Dakota works on from time to time.