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The Cube

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In my hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan, we have a sculpture that every townie grows up hearing about. It’s called “The Cube”. Located on University of Michigan’s campus, The Cube attracts plenty of students and tourists alike everyday. Balancing itself on one tip, The Cube has an imposing and uneasy quality to it, looking like it could fall over and crush you at any moment.  However if you go up to touch it you find that it’s not unsteady at all, it actually spins. Now, getting The Cube to spin isn’t an easy task. It takes a lot of energy, strength, and hard work. Sometimes even that can’t get it to turn. That’s where teamwork comes in. The hardest part of spinning The Cube is getting it to move that first inch. But if you and the other people involved (whether they be a few jolly college students or a determined 3rd grade class) put the effort into pushing The Cube, you'll find that it gets spinning on it’s axis, becoming easier and easier to push each time it comes around. The belief that The Cube is movable despite it’s foreboding appearance and heavy weight is what brings people back to it time and time again. 

The reason I identify with The Cube is because although many of the challenges that I face in life (and with this world) may seem like unsolvable problems that will never go away, I have the hope and belief that if I make an effort then maybe something will change. I know that I can’t do this alone and that trusting others is a vital step in this process. I also realize that the changes I try to make might not be drastic or do anything at all. But I’ll know that I at least tried. And for me, that makes all the difference.