I'm writing this hoping that you all will read it...really read it. I'm not going to pretend to be the girl with all the answers, here, because I'm not. I don't know everything about life or high school. What I do know, though, is that I've been thinking about writing this to you all lately and I think it's the best thing I could do. I hear a lot of my classmates talking about regrets. What I can tell you from experience is that if you really play your cards right, you can leave and be so proud of yourself. The following will be a little jumbled, so bear with me:
Some of you will be juniors next year, and the rest will be seniors. The first thing I want to say is, make the most of the time you have left in high school, however much time there is. Make new friends instead of screwing around with the ones who create all the drama and make you cry constantly. Keep the people in your life who make you feel good about yourself. Spend time with them. Invest in other people. Be there for them and let them be there for you. Take pictures and save them. Do things for other people. Serve the community in a way that uses your unique gifts. In Avenue Q there's a lyric that says, "When you help others, you're really helping yourself." This is the truth. Sometimes when you go and help people, you wonder who helped whom more. I think service hour requirements are sort of bullshit because service to the community should be about wanting to serve instead of having to serve. Nevertheless, you've got a requirement and you should fulfill it if you want to get the hell out of Gibbons at some point. Seriously, get out there and do something. People need you. You will never know how amazing people are and how much they can touch your life until you get off your ass and help out. There are times where I do not want to go and volunteer, but when I dragged myself in to do it, I was so glad I did. And to be honest, having a nice amount of service hours can seriously pay you back for college in scholarship money. You're talking to a girl who knows.
Second, do not be afraid. Since pretty much all of you are drama kids, I'm going to quote Christopher Durang in Beyond Therapy and say, "Never be afraid to risk, to risk!" Tell people you love them or like them or crush on them or whatever. Don't just resist talking about it because you think they will reject you. And don't let the fear of rejection get in the way of you trying something! The old adage, "You never know until you try" is dead-on. If you're a techie and you want to try acting, get up on that stage! Write for the paper or the playwriting competition if you want to but have always been afraid to try. Do what you've always wanted to do.
Finally, keep the end in mind. I hate to sound like one of those motivational speakers, but think of how you want to leave Gibbons. I can't tell you how happy I am that I worked my ass off and was a Silver Knight, won the journalism award, was the editor of the paper, etc. I really feel like I did something. Get out there and do whatever it is you love so that when you leave high school, you'll be happy with it. Regret is an awful feeling because you cannot change the past. You can't go back and do it over. Life is not a dress rehearsal, as they say.
Hopefully, some of you read this and got something out of it. If not, oh well!
P.S. Don't worry, seniors, I'm coming after you all in my lj tomorrow. :p