| ADRIAN NEIL JR.
AS MANY OF YOU know I am new to being a columnist. Sure, I have written essays, theses, etc., but I have never written a column for a magazine; it’s very intimidating. Each month, so many thoughts run through my mind: What will people think of my column? Will they enjoy it? Will they even read it? Am I good enough for this? When thinking about what to write for April, I had a totally different topic. I had about two and a half paragraphs written and then I stopped. I started to question my topic and I started to doubt myself. I was stuck.
As John Henry mentions in his Sexpert column, the last day in April is National Honesty Day. It is a day that is dedicated to telling the truth. On this day you can walk up to anyone and ask them a question and they have to be honest (assuming that they know it's honesty day). This day was created because the first day of April, as we all know, is April Fool’s Day, a day dedicated to falsehoods. How many of us are honest with ourselves? How many of us are able to look in the mirror and not only point out every flaw but point to all the wonderful aspects of ourselves that make us who we are?
Often the word "honesty" can have negative connotations. When you tell someone you need to be honest with them, they often prepare themselves for some bad news. Well I want to change that. I want everyone to be honest with themselves and each other and share something positive. Walk up to someone and say, “Can I be honest with you? You have an amazing smile.” I will start by being honest with myself. Adrian Jay Neil Jr., you may not be the best writer in the world or the best dancer in the world, but you have something inside of you that no one else does: your voice. Your words are unique and as important as anyone else’s.
Now it’s your turn.