I am halfway through high school. That is insane, where has the time gone?! It feels like just yesterday I was dreaming of living the High School Musical life. Now, I’m here and being a teenager in high school is much different from how Disney made it out to be. Maybe these years looked glamorous to my ten-year-old self, but are they really? Honestly, yes. This is because from every hardship there’s a great lesson to be learned. Bolded in pink are my takeaways from the year!
I have never felt God’s presence in my life as much as I have recently throughout my freshman and sophomore years. As new freedoms are gained and I continue to change, God has remained the ultimate influence over my life. At times though, this is very hard. I often try to take matters into my own hands and solve my own problems. Continuously, God reminds me that I must trust him. When stepping back and giving up my concerns to God, I feel helpless. However, having faith and trusting God is the most powerful thing we can do in any situation for those we love.
Necessary, encouraging, evolving, and sometimes painful. Already, I’ve witnessed many of my friends become entirely different people because of who they surrounded themselves with. As a result, I’ve gone through many changes in friend groups myself. This is bound to happen when you have a large circle of friends, but I’m blessed to have a close circle of friends that have remained firm in what they believe. These are the people I allow to have influence over me and who have helped mold me into the person I am today. As it turns out, all of our parents were right: Pick your friends wisely because you’ll turn out exactly like them.
Where to begin? At times, I’ve wished that the breakup I experienced was the average heartbreak over growing distant from someone you love. Unfortunately, no one prepared me for how to handle a breakup where the person you love most becomes unrecognizable. It’s an indescribable sort of emotional pain to know the hardships that someone is going through and no longer be able to talk to them and help them through it. During this time, writing has been one of my biggest outlets for emotional confusion and pain. My amazing friends have also been there for me time and again. God has reassured me that He is in control and I mustn’t spend my days worrying. Overall, treat every relationship and breakup with wisdom and be thankful for that person and what they taught you.
This is the year I have truly become confident in who I am and what I can do. Before, I relied on those I loved to reassure me of my worth and beauty. Now, I love who I am just the way that I am. I no longer apologize for the mistakes I make, I rock them! God made me the way I am for a very specific reason. Why should I spend my life trying to be just like everybody else when He has planned for me to make a difference?
Psalm 139:13-14 says, “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.” In this passage we are reminded that God, perfect in all of His ways, created each of us individually and wonderfully. God does not make mistakes. He created you perfectly in His image.
Entirely over-rated. Must be avoided. This year, my dad practically begged me to take easy classes so I wouldn’t wear myself out like I did freshman year. I’m so thankful he convinced me to do so. See, stress is something felt by those who are in overwhelming circumstances. For some reason, we often invent these circumstances and stress ourselves out. Why?! Life is too short to be living for a funeral, so let’s be sure to slow down and soak everything in. Relax, take time for yourselves spiritually, mentally, and physically. The truth is, there’s always something you can be doing to better yourself, but sometimes the best thing to do is rest.
Learn all that you can! Figure out what you enjoy doing and research how you can incorporate that love into your career. Reach out to those around you with jobs that interest you. Never ever take learning for granted, it is a blessing to be able to attend school and receive an education. So many people I know get caught up in grades. School isn’t about grades! It’s about knowledge, social interaction, and learning about life. You are never too young to start turning your dreams into a reality!