The end is near…… of High School, that is. In less than 2 months, I will be walking that stage, receiving my diploma, and saying goodbye to everything that’s been a big part of me for most of my life. It’s symbolic–the end of one chapter, the beginning of another.
Needless to say, I am mostly excited. I am excited to go out into the world and learn new things, to find out who I really am. High School has whittled away a large part of me, until only a fraction of who I am is left. It’s tried to make me fit into this metaphorical box–a perfect box, with perfectly square edges, smooth, and with no imperfections. That’s not me. I have flaws. I have imperfections. I have scars. My dreams, my hopes, my being cannot fit into a box. I am so much more. I have this things I want to do with my life that I can’t do while I’m still in High School. There are things I need to let go of, people that I need to cut from my life. I need to get out, see the world, leave the monotony of High School behind–the repetitive, petty drama, the put-downs, the secret glances, the talking behind your back. I need to fly away from it all. The baggage of it all is weighing me down.
However, despite all the excitement that I have, I am still reluctant. I’ve come to accept the fact that people tend to not like me (solely because they have not gotten to know me, and judge me based predominately on how I look). I’ve learned to conform, blend in with the crowd. I’ve learned the fastest detours, the least crowded hallways, which hallways you have a higher possibility of being stabbed walking down. I’ve learned how to avoid people I don’t want to see. I’ve learned to not make eye contact with those that hate you. I’ve learned that friendships come and friendships go. And I’m comfortable where I’m at. I’m not sure I am ready to take that step after receiving my diploma and start a new chapter.
But the end is near. The final countdown has begun. And my High School career is drawing to a close. But before it ends, before I walk out those doors, I want to share some important lessons with you.
1. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind. Don’t be afraid to call people out. The people that matter will respect you for it.
2. When people hate you, you must be doing something right. Those who aren’t living, don’t have enemies.
3. Live the life you want to live. Be the person you want to be. People don’t define you.
4. People you talk about you. They will point fingers, whisper, and laugh. Don’t let it get to you. You are worth much more than what they give you.
5. Always hold your head up high. It’s easier to see the beauty in things when you are looking at the sky.
6. It doesn’t matter what people in High School see you as. Most of them won’t remember you 10 years from now.
7. The only people that really matter are those that are there for you when you need them.
8. You can’t trust everyone. And even when you think you can, sometimes they end up hurting you.
9. Popularity is overrated. Being “cool” does not have any merit in the real world.
10. Everybody has a story. We all have hurt we are carrying. Be mindful of it.
11. Always be willing to go out of your way to help someone, even if it’s just holding the door open. It could brighten someone’s day.
12. Laughing until tears stream down your face and you can’t breathe is one of the best feelings in the world.
13. Smile 🙂