The Real 99%: Your Life

1%. What does 1% mean to you?

1% of the total square mileage of the United states is 37 940.83 miles. That’s about the size of Delaware. Delaware can fit into Alaska 264 times.

1% of the length of a basketball court is less than a foot. That barely gets you in the game

1%. of a average movie is under 80 seconds. That’s less than the length of a single preview.

1%. of the number of your brain’s neurons is 110 million. That’s the amount of neurons in the brains of a mouse.


You will spend only 1% of your life as a high school senior. And-if you are not planning to live to 100 years old- that percentage drops.

All you seniors out there: welcome to the spring semester! Yes, in one sense, this marks the beginning of the end. But, in the spirit of the “occupy Wall Street movement”, we can also cry out that it marks the beginning of, well, the rest of your life.

High school is not an end. It’s a means. It’s not about who takes you to the dance or if you made the team. It’s not about who gives the speech at graduation. It’s not about giving into your boyfriend when he asks for more. He’s asking for your 1%. Wait for the one who wants to exchange 100%.

Your state is small and your life is a preview. But your 99% is waiting.

John Paul II told us: “The future depends on you.”

Don’t let your future be determined by the 1%.





About Megan McCleneghen

Megan McCleneghen Megan McCleneghen has been a consecrated woman in the Regnum Christi movement for 7 years. She moved to the DC metro area last August and is a current student at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. She also volunteers in various Young Adult ministries within the Archdiocese of Washington DC and offers spiritual direction to college students and young adults. Previous to that she was a youth minister within the archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. She grew up in Dallas, TX.
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