Well ladies and gentlemen, it has finally happened. High school has finally begun wrapping up entirely and coming to a permanent end. Just four years ago we were all wide-eyed gazing at the next chapter in our lives, starting with freshman year. Did you do the things you wanted to do while in high school? Did you try out for that sport you always envisioned yourself being the star player of? Did you finally get the nerve to make conversation with that person you’ve always had a tiny crush on? Did you get your dreams? I really hope you can answer “yes” to at least a few of these questions, but if you can’t I definitely understand.
I don’t think anyone knows exactly how something will really turn out until the moment has actually arrived and its all happening. For me, I had crazy ideas of how high school would go. I came from a private school, a place I had attended with the same 100 kids in my class for nine whole years. Having said that, I think it is pretty safe to say that my ideas of high school were entirely based around what I had seen in the movies, where there was always a huge house party going down that weekend and how somehow the quiet, underdog of a girl managed to win over the popular but secretly nice jock. By September of 2012 I quickly knew that the fantasy I had in my head was not at all realistic. I wasn’t on any sports team, I didn’t transform into some scholar student overnight, I didn’t run the school like I had hoped I would, and I didn’t know where or what I was supposed to be. For a while I thought I was completely doomed. I thought that since I didn’t have anything figured out about myself or what I wanted out of life, I was already written off and out of luck. I figured that high school was where dreams came true!!! I thought that something had to have gone wrong because everyone is supposed to love high school!!!! I was so discouraged and felt so defeated by my own self.
Looking back now, I can see it all a lot more clearly. It took some time and definitely some energy, but I think I kind of get it now. High school is not for everyone and that is okay. You don’t have to love high school just because your friends do. You don’t have to pretend to dwell on how much you’re going to miss everyone and everything just because you feel kind of like an asshole if you don’t mention it. If you know that you’re meant for much bigger things than the homecoming football game or prom, then you need to continue down that path. I really don’t think anyone has ever said, “Man, I really regret NOT peaking in high school.”
Do your own thing, do what makes you the happiest version of yourself, and don’t underestimate the power of bigger and better things.