As I sat down to write this post today, I began racking my brain trying to think of good blog post ideas. Something English 104 related? No, we only had one class this week. An update on my life? No, I do that too often. Then I thought, “what’s something interesting I’ve done this week”? That question got me thinking about how busy my life has become lately. Then that thought got me thinking about how much my life has changed since I have graduated from high school. And of course, that thought led me to this blog post.
All too often while in high school do we spend our time daydreaming about our lives after we graduate. We repeatedly say, “I can’t wait until I graduate”, “I can’t wait to get out of this place”, and “I can’t wait until I’m an adult”. Don’t get me wrong, I love college and Ball State, and I’m glad I’m no longer in high school spending 8 monotonous hours at a desk. With that being said, there are things to be missed about high school, and damage in wishing away your life.
Once you graduate from high school, everything changes. You move away from home and your comfort zone, you lose contact with old friends, you are forced to start making big decisions about your future, and are faced with an increasingly difficult course load. On the other hand, you meet tons of new people every day, some of which will probably be lifelong friends. You have endless freedom to decide what to get involved with, what to do with your free time, and finally the choice to decide what classes to take and when, and to study things you’re actually interested in. College is undoubtedly four of the best years of our lives.
But what does wishing away the days we have now do for us? High school may not be your favorite years, but they’re still some pretty awesome ones. In high school you have considerably less responsibilities and can simply enjoy being a teenager. Once you graduate from high school, you are saying goodbye to a huge chapter in your life–a part of your life you will never get back. Isn’t that a scary thought? You’ll never get to relive those days.
While in high school, you should just appreciate and enjoy each day. The time will come for you to graduate and go to college, but until that comes, just savor what you have. Besides, growing up isn’t as great as it seems.