It All Depends

Cindy Ciotta, Staff Writer/Broadcast Journalism

I don’t know about you, but if there’s one way a person acts that I don’t like, it’s being undependable.

In life we have responsibilities, deadlines (like this article is due Thursday for example), and commitments we make which we’re expected to follow through on. We all make plans for things. Maybe for school or work, maybe it’s dinner with family, a vacation, or just to get together with friends. We go through the process: set a time, find a place, make arrangements beforehand, and hope it falls into place. I know, life happens; things come up that we can’t help sometimes. But, what are you prioritizing? For example, if you make plans on a Monday for something that Friday, you should probably make arrangements ahead of time to make sure your schedule is clear. We sometimes put things off and wait until the last minute to make things happen, and it usually doesn’t have the best outcome.

What would life be like without our friends or our family? Well, it would be boring, lonely, and no fun! The good times and memories made with our friends and family are what make life enjoyable! The relationships we have with people make life interesting and as unpredictable as it is, whether it’s with someone amazing, or someone who just gets on your nerves. You depend on these people, and they depend you! That’s why it’s important to keep your credibility with others. You do not want to be the person who is always late to things, and now suddenly people naturally expect you to always be late. If you can never keep a secret and you’re always telling people your friend’s latest drama behind their back, no one is ever going to be able to trust you or depend on you to be their friend. Are you sensing a bit of a pattern?

Have you ever been super excited to do something, whatever it may be, you look forward to it all day, and then it’s canceled just like that? It’s disappointing, right? This this the type of feeling you should keep in mind next time you’re considering canceling your plans with someone for no good reason. Like I said, life does happen and sometimes we do have to put things off for other priorities. Make sure you’re going about it the right way, because it’s truly inconsiderate and rude to cancel on people, especially if it’s right before. Honestly this one just really gets under my skin. If you say you’re going to be somewhere, be there. And if you say you’re going to do something, just do it.

Anyways, the same concept can be applied to school too. We’ve all put off assignments till the night before, trust me, I do understand! But it makes it all more stressful turning in something about half done that was put together in 10 minutes. You and I both know that your grade likely won’t be as good either. So, if you prioritize what you’re using your time for, it shouldn’t be a huge issue.

There is always something to be done and stuff we have planned for the near and far future. So, we might as well just try to actually follow through on things we commit to.

Aside from commitments and making plans, there are somethings that make a person dependable which have nothing to do with plans. For example, my dad. I know that I can call or text him anytime, wherever he is, and he’ll answer. (Or at least call me back in the next couple minutes.) It doesn’t matter if it’s really late at night and he’s sleeping, or if he’s in a super important meeting; he’s there for anything and everything. I think he’s a pretty dependable person. The friends who you know you can talk to anytime about whatever, they’re dependable too.

Be the type of friend who is always there to listen; the type who makes plans, and doesn’t cancel last minute. Be the type of student who gets an assignment and manages their time with it so that they do a good job. Be the type of person who says they’re going to do something and just does it, the person people know they can depend on.

After all, It all depends on you.