I'm All Alone (No I'm Not)
Upon checking my facebook tonight after work, something finally dawned on me. I saw an FBK image on my "My Friends" area. It belonged to my good friend Phil. Congratulations up and down his comments-box, he was so happy to tappped. Phil was Access, Phil is an Indie, Phil is one of the nicest and most-real people you will meet at UF. Suddenly I felt so sad, not sad that he joined Key, sad that perhaps I was the only one living this GDI fantasy. What does it all mean? Why propagate the Independent' Discipline to the next generation of SG'ers if in the end, what everyone wants is just to join FBK and even the people that today stand by my side, do so because a). they couldn't get tapped even if they want to - or - b). because they are just sitting tight until the opportune moment to apply.
But there is a movement, there is a will. Those that participate in student service for the goal of empowering students, fomenting change, and strengthening the Independent tradition ARE the Independent Movement. There is FBK and there is an Independent movement. Age is irrelevant in this constant journey in pursuit of wisdom. Thanks to the net, we have the works of the greatest minds the movement has seen: Charlie Grapski, James Argento, and one person whose words I especially enjoy, Ryan Nelson. What we as independents lack, is the longevity of the Keys, but with the advent of the internet, blogs, and the renewed will of the movement, I say to those of you that have never - and will never - apply to FBK, that will forever, call yourselves GDI's: "congratulations on this day, on being YOU!"