Day 18: Letter to the Person I Wish I Could Be

Dear Prof. Morris “Morrie” S. Schwartz,

I first encountered you in a true-to-live flick for Social Philosophy class. I was teary-eyed until the closing credits such that the first thing I did after going home was to download a pdf-version of that book of your student, Mitch Albom. (No worries, I now have a hardcopy of Tuesdays with Morrie.) Inasmuch as I love probing into the disciplines of philosophy by proposing counter-arguments, I can’t help but just nod and fall silent as I finished reading your last ever lessons written in that wonderful book.

More than you, there are actually lots of people I wish I could be. There’s Josiah Gibbs and Erwin Schrödinger who are both renowned in chemistry — my chosen career. There’s Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who gave birth through pen and ink the greatest detective of all time — Sherlock Holmes. There’s Pres. Abraham Lincoln who was one of the champions of American democracy, especially during the civil war. There’s Mahatma Gandhi who fought for nonviolence as a means of achieving world peace. There’s Karol Józef Wojtyła or Pope John Paul II who was perhaps one of the most inspiring leaders the world ever had (so inspiring that every time you see his face, you can’t help but burst into tears). The list is actually endless.

Yet, among them, I chose you as my addressee to this letter. Those people I have mentioned in the previous paragraph have a large number of [what Twitter has popularized as] “followers.” You, instead opted to be the humble type — celebrating your victories with your students, family members, and other loved ones. You inspired them with those simple teachings of life — basic lessons of how to bring out the best leader in everyone.

I joined the student council in my fifth year to achieve what you have achieved. I want to inspire a multitude of people as well. I don’t really have the figures (as I did not do a statistical study of it), so we cannot say if I was successful or not. Yet, during my term I strove to bring out the potential to each of my constituents. Before my reign expired, I attempted to shape the best people who I think are suited to assume our roles. Along the way to that end, what I simply did was to bring out my passion and love in everything that I did. Just like you.

I badly want to be like you. I want to be a good mentor to someone. To a group of people. To a large pack of leaders. That would be my final dissertation/thesis. When I finally get to have a student of mine write our own book (probably I’ll have it Fridays with Troy haha I merely jest), I think my next step is to shake hands with you in the after life. And though my physical body may expire, at least my smile is forever painted in my skeletal system.

I’m still young and I’m taking it one step at a time. Thank you for sharing your life through an awesome movie/book!

I’ll continue to live by your ideals Sir. As you said, [the] most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.

Respectfully yours,

PS: Reading your beautiful story resurfaced my frustrated psychology-major self. (You said you love psychology, right?) Good thing my sister took that course for me.


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