WORDS & IMAGES: ISAAC GOTTERER '19
Something magical happened on Omegle. And it didn’t involve a group of lame college dudes trying to be funny, guys jerking off, or middle school girls listening to One Direction.
I went on Omegle to find someone to interview. I thought I would just get a bunch of weird one-liners and make it into something dumb and fun. I thought I would find someone just wearing a furry outfit and ask them about their fantasy world. I thought I would just be trying to have conversations with a literal penis. I was so wrong.
I ended up talking to the first person that Omegle paired me up with. Our common interest was “Justin Bieber.” He was holding a guitar and I was wearing an In-N-Out parody t-shirt that said: “Eat-Me-Out”. I think the common person would have described him as a “Cutie,” but see for yourselves (please ignore me, I just ate a lot of mayo):
His name was Santiago, a 16-year-old, high schooler from Colombia, but now residing in New Jersey. Omegle told me: “You’re now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!” So, I said hi. And what happened next was magical. He didn’t ask to see my penis. He didn’t yell a homophobic slur. Instead, he opened up as person who is on a mission and who has “goals, which are going to be achieve.” (Santiago) As I continued talking to Santiago, I realized his goals and aspirations were not like other 16-year-old’s. After awhile, I realized that Santiago has got all the right supplies to achieve them and he got them from his pure ambition.
Apart from Santiago’s love for singing and making music, (“I will be posting a lot of stuff starting in April on my Soundcloud”) which is inspired by Nat King Cole, Joey Bada$$, Italian music from the 1960’s and mostly Spooky Black, he’s doing and accomplishing so many things. At first he seems like a normal teen, who loves to play soccer, go the the gym and read, but then he becomes a little more rad. At school, he’s on the varsity bowling team and says he’s “just alright” at it. Outside of school, he’s part of an Academy called CSA that pairs young students up with multimillionaires, who teach them how to do business (i.e. invest in a housing, start a business etc.) Right now he’s reading a book called, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Beside being overtly sexist, the book tries to explain, “the shortest dependable philosophy of individual achievement ever present for the benefit of the man or woman who is searching for a definite goal in life.” (Hill 5, 1938) The program only accepts people over 18, but (obviously) that didn’t stand in the way of Santiago. With the learning he’s doing in this program, he is starting his own clothing company called: Yfollow (the opening will be in the next week so make sure to check it out). This clothing company isn’t just a regular start-up clothing company, not because it’s started by a high schooler, but because of the message that’s behind it. Why am I trying to tell you? I’ll let Santiago himself describe its message:
“Yfollow comes from the thought of ‘why follow’ negative mindsets or negative vibes. The overall point is to always be positive and know you can do whatever you want to. It’s a mindset. It’s a perspective. It’s a lifestyle. Where you know and acknowledge the fact that you have the mental ability to put yourself in the position where you can accomplish anything. It doesn’t matter what your goal is. Whether you want to be rich, whether you want to take over the universe or whether you want to blow up an alien planet, you have the ability to [accomplish anything]. And not many people acknowledge the fact that they do have this ability. Some, or most I should say, base [their reality on] what everyone tells them is reality, when reality is whatever you make of it not what other people tell you it is. Because reality is what’s yours. You’re in control of your own reality.”
Did you think you wouldn’t want to live vicariously through this teenager anymore? Well here’s his list of goals that he says, “will definitely be accomplished:”
1. Be the healthiest person I can (physically)
2. Be one without sickness
3. Be spiritually sound
4. Harness my inner self to its maximum
5. Be humble
6. Be open minded
7. Be able to think a thought into reality (dedicated my thoughts towards reaching success)
8. Start at least one business every two years
Then he goes on to explain exactly how much money he wants to make each year. And let’s just say it’s ambitious, but if anyone can do it, it would be Santiago.
So, thank you Santiago for breaking the Omegle spell by not touching yourself, flipping me off or yelling “obscenities." Please let me know when you reach your goals. You can find me because I’ll be the one with the foam finger chanting, “You can do it.”
Lastly please don’t change, Santiago: A kid on Omegle with a mission.