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Column: Don’t be a flaker

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Canceling plans, arriving hours late, and overcommitting are all symptoms of flakiness. Sophomore Lily Hager addresses flakers in order to end their selfish habits.

Canceling plans, arriving hours late, and overcommitting are all symptoms of flakiness. Sophomore Lily Hager addresses flakers in order to end their selfish habits.

Parker Nolan

Parker Nolan

Canceling plans, arriving hours late, and overcommitting are all symptoms of flakiness. Sophomore Lily Hager addresses flakers in order to end their selfish habits.

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Flaky can be good- flaky biscuits, flaky pastries, snowflakes.

But flaky can be very bad- flaky scalp, flaky lips.

Flaky people.

According to Urban Dictionary, a flaky person is unreliable, a procrastinator, and a careless and lazy person. They say they will do one thing, and they never do it. They say they will meet you somewhere and show up an hour late or not at all. This is the art of flaking.

It’s irritating.

Some of you flaky people were made to believe that it’s OK to flake out. Maybe you have parents who habitually cancel plans. Maybe you have friends who are so kind yet overly gracious– they haven’t told you how much of their time you tend to waste.

Some of you run on your own ever-changing schedule. You press snooze three times, spend 15 minutes brushing your teeth, take five minutes choosing your music playlist to listen to in the car, and when you arrive at your destination, you say, “Sorry I’m late. Crazy morning.”

Sure.

Now, some of you are natural-born flakers. Some of you people wake up at 4 a.m. and are still half an hour late somehow. Or you make plans freely and fail to remind yourself about them until you get a text saying, “Where are you?” All I have to say to you is battle it. It won’t be an easy fight, but you must be victorious. Please, at least win before you get a license. Once you turn 16, you’re on your own in the deep, dark world, and everyone out there will know you’re like this.

So if you are thinking, Oh no, I might be a flaker, I do have some helpful hints for you.

First, you need to realize what’s happening. The root of your flaking issue is that in the moment, you act as if the world revolves around you. When you make a commitment to be somewhere, another person reciprocates that commitment to you. They are going to ask off work, deny a party invite, or stray from their daily schedule to make time for you, and you should do the same. Unless there is an emergency, you are expected to appear where you say you will be.

As someone with terrible memory, I’ve had to adapt to the busy world and build stability against flakiness. Set reminders on your phone. Keep your plans on a calendar. Try to grow awareness of how long it takes you to complete even simple tasks to ensure that you don’t waste your time. And lastly, once you have made significant change in your life, repent to everyone you know for being the person you used to be.

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About the Contributors
Lily Hager, Editor in Chief

Lily Hager is a junior and has been learning how to write for the community through newspaper since the seventh grade. Her third year of The RedLedger is also her first year as one of the Editors-in-Chiefs, along with Madeline Sanders. She’s always down to meet new people and skip the small talk. That’s why she made it a priority to double block newspaper this year- to know every staff member. Because for the past 5 years, she hasn’t just fallen in love with journalism. She fell in love with the staff she writes with, too. When she’s not in E103, the newspaper room, she’s in the band hall as one of the drum majors. You can catch her at every football game on a podium “waving her arms around,” as some people call it. It’s the little things that can make her day. Lily starts each morning by greeting her pet rabbit, Boots. She feeds two fish, Ryder and Rosy, and waters her 15 plants (and counting), all before leaving her bedroom. When she doesn’t stay up too late writing, editing or finishing homework, she may start her day early with a Bible study or delicious breakfast. As an editor, she wants to make the website the best it’s ever been. She has big shoes to fill, but she is so confident in the strength of this year’s staff. She will use each day to help provide the school with a reliable, timely and interesting publication.

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Parker Nolan, Section Editor

Senior Parker Nolan joined The RedLedger in ninth grade and is now the paper’s Multimedia Editor. His hobbies include making music, photography, and borderline dangerous escapades (some consider him an adrenaline junkie). Parker is currently dual enrolled at Collin College for Emergency Medical Services education to become an EMT. His favorite movie is “The Italian Job,” and his favorite genres of music are alternative rock and rap. “Be the change you want to see in the world,” a quote from Mahatma Gandhi, is a phrase that Parker tries to live his life by. In his spare time, Parker enjoys working out, hanging with friends, and exploding fireworks. Parker can be described as sometimes chill, sometimes adrenaline filled, and a little too confident in his abilities.

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