Learn From The Genius, Sheldon Cooper
Andrew Parker - March 31, 2022


By Greta Zwaan

I sought for joy in peace, and rest to ease my weary mind,
Stressed out by such a heavy load, rest I just had to find.
My endurance could hold no more, my limits had been met,
I needed time to stand aside, sweet time to just forget.

But where to find the road to peace, an obscure trait to me;
My hectic lifestyle can't comprehend a way to set time free.
I've always rushed from A to B with no side glace allowed,
I had my life so well controlled; in truth, I felt quite proud.

No one could tell me what to do, I was a self-made man;
My schedules were controlled by me, I had a thorough plan.
'Twas good when all things went my way and no one interfered;
I had no one to answer to, my way was always cleared.

But years of this brought me no joy, though fortunes I'd amassed;
It seemed that all the things I owned would oh, so soon be past.
I had no friends that knew my plight, I kept myself at bay,
They all had troubles of their own; besides, what could they say?

They envied me with all my wealth, they never saw my pain,
I had life altogether, what more was there to gain?
But loneliness is terrible and emptiness is sad,
There seems no purpose for each day, no reason to be glad.

So now I wait; why? I don't know, but life for me must change.
There must be more than fortunes, a way to rearrange.
There has to be a purpose, and someone surely knows,
Why life is complicated, and days so full of woes.

Perhaps you have the answer, perhaps you know the route,
Perhaps you've traveled here before; if so, please help me out.
If need be, I'll be patient, I'll even take advice;
I'll gladly make the changes, no matter what the price.

I don't need independence, I've had my round of that;
I long for understanding, to know just where I'm at.
Someday I hope to thank you because you saw my need,
Perhaps with greater meaning, with purpose, not with greed.

I don't know how I got here, what lies ahead of me,
I'm grateful there'll be changes, I'm grateful to be free.

Sheldon Cooper is a fan favorite from the tv hit series, The Big Bang theory, which first aired in 2007. Well known for his brilliant mind, bluntness, and the constant struggle to understand sarcasm, there are certain things his character taught us. Self-confidence was one of the most essential lessons Sheldon Cooper taught us throughout the series. Everyone is unique, and this is something that must be accepted. We witnessed how he was laughed at and humiliated for his unusual conduct throughout the series. Yet, he was never bowed down because of it. He was well aware that he was not insane. Thus he was unconcerned about what people thought of him.

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Another thing was that, with Sheldon, you can always expect him to tell you the truth. Sheldon taught us to be honest and straightforward, even if the reality was unpleasant to deal with. Likewise, his character was unafraid to call a spade and never hid behind lies. Also, like Sheldon, there are moments when you just have to take the band-aid off completely. He only knows how to be honest and trustworthy based on his deeds. Sheldon was an absolute go-getter. He was extremely persistent and always went the extra mile to achieve his goals. Remember when he tried befriending Barry because he thought Barry would only grant access to the machine? With Sheldon, he was highly determined to get anything he wished for. He was confident that he could achieve anything with physics and proper planning by his side.

Another thing, Sheldon was aware of his strengths and weaknesses. While Sheldon recognizes that physics and science are his strong suits, he also acknowledges that sports and driving are his weaknesses. He freely admits that he isn’t a great athlete and doesn’t have the best ear for sarcasm. Identifying our flaws does not preclude us from improving them; knowing what they are can assist us in accepting or changing them.
Lastly, Sheldon was a big dreamer and took deliberate steps toward achieving his dreams. His dream of winning a Nobel Price informed his actions, and he worked till he got it.