09/01/2020

2020 Vision...

As we welcome in 2020, I’m sure many of you will have been anticipating much about this in my first Blog if the New Year...

 

Tokyo 2020 Mascots

But you’ll just have to wait, I’m afraid...

Instead I want to focus - no pun intended - on this...

Having 2020 vision. It’s my theme for start of term assemblies too.

 

Clarity of vision... and belief and purpose for the foreseeable - again no pun - future.

 

So what does having 2020 vision actually mean?

Specsavers 

This, I discovered...

Eye Chart

20/20 is not, as might be assumed, (as I had assumed), perfect vision.

 

People with 20/20 vision have normal vision. More specifically, clear and sharp vision. Someone with 20/20 vision can clearly see something at a distance of 20 feet – the same distance other people with normal vision can also clearly see the object. Sharply, and in focus.

 

My assembly theme therefore strove - the students will be the judge of how successfully - to combine this idea of 2020 vision, with how my New Year started, watching this...

Star Wars Poster 

I think it’s relevant to the idea of looking forward, and having clear vision. I hope you’ll come see - again no pun intended - what I’m getting at.

 

To look forward, I first want to look back.

 

42 years to be precise.

Original Star Wars Poster 

When I first saw Star Wars in the Odeon in Reading when I was 13... It really was a galaxy far far away...

Odeon 

I had no idea of how that storyline would develop over the next almost half a century...

 

Indeed, I had no idea that there was more of a story...

 

I suppose the clue was in the title all along....

New Hope

As I reflect on all those films, over all those years one of the themes that comes across is that of the central characters not at first having the vision to see and understand who they are, to understand their purpose, their vocation, how they are and want to be..

 

They are confused...

 

It’s starts with Luke Skywalker...

Luke Skywalker

And most famously his background and struggle to come to terms with his identity...

 

 

And so it continues with the current crop of characters...

Star Wars
KyloRen

Culminating in Rey, the last Skywalker…

Rey

 

Towards the end of the film - I hope I’m not spoiling it - Luke comes back to her her as a Jedi spirit, saying:

 

‘The only fear is that of not knowing yourself’

 

Emboldened, she gains the self confidence to see for herself what she wants to be be, ready to fulfil herself and her potential and overcome her doubts and fears to become the last Skywalker.

 

She achieves, if you like, her own version of 2020 vision.

 

So that was my 2020 message to our students, whatever the stage in their young educational lives, and the related challenges ahead...

 

Have the clarity of vision, the self-belief and the confidence to shape your future and become the very best version of you that you possibly can be.

 

Have 2020 vision...

 

Have a fantastic 2020...

 

And May the Force continue to be with you throughout it.

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