Welcome to High School.
At first, all you’ll want to do is fit in with the popular girls, be invited to upperclassmen parties and have high school be the best four years of your life. But, after a while you’ll find that staying true to yourself instead will grant you some of the happiest moments in your life. Don’t focus too much on changing yourself so that you can be more or less like anybody else. You’ve been granted the gift of life so that you can make your own choices, make your own mistakes, and learn your own lessons. Don’t get caught in someone else’s shadow; they may block the rain, but you’ll never get to feel the sun shining on your own face.
You’ll be asked what you want to do when you graduate. It’ll change time and time again until you end up somewhere you never expected to be in a million years. That’s the great part of life though, while you plan and plan for the future, you can’t actually plan where you’ll end up. You just have to trust that fate will guide you in the right direction. Put one hundred percent in all that you do in your four years, and I promise you will end up exactly where you belong.
You’ll fall in love; you’ll fall in lust. You’ll tell yourself you’re in love so many times, and you’ll believe it, until you find the right person years from now and truly understand what love is. Until then, don’t get so caught up in what could have been or wonder why things didn’t work out. Was it you fault? Was it their fault? Does it really matter? Never tell yourself that you need to change to accommodate for someone else. You’ll find the person who loves you for who you are and who never wants to see you change. You’ll know you’ve found the right person when being in a relationship doesn’t feel like a stress on your life, but rather a piece of your life that you wake up looking forward to every day.
You’ll have times where you feel like you’ve never been more upset than you are in that moment. You’ll feel hurt and empty, and you’ll convince your mom you have to stay home from school because you can’t stop crying. And she’ll let you take that day off, but listen to her when she says that time heals everything. Your life will never be stuck in one place forever, and it’s important you remember that.
Appreciate all of the friends you make and all of the memories you make together. Some of those memories will make great stories to tell in the future. While you inevitably won’t stay in touch with every friend you ever make in high school, you will most definitely keep close the ones who touch your heart and make a huge impact on your life. Make sure you know that those friends always come first, for they will be the light that pushes you through those dark days.
High school will be quite the experience. You’ll have some of the worst days and some of the best days. You’ll finally understand what peer pressure means and how to deal with it. You’ll make mistakes, lose your innocence, and be at a point in your life where you have really screwed up and feel like you’ve lost yourself. When that happens, don’t worry. You’ll find guidance in those who love and care about you and eventually you’ll feel perfectly happy with yourself again.
Don’t ever wish away your four years, because at some point you’ll look back and miss them. Have trust in yourself though, that no matter what you go through, your life will always work itself out. Stay true to yourself and find what makes you happy. In the end, you’ll look at the people surrounding you, who have been there through the heartbreaks and the headaches, and realize that you’re right where you’re supposed to be.