Appreciate the Now

Inspired by a book I’m reading called “The Spectacular Now”. Also inspired by how bored I am with school right now.

Ever since we’ve come back from winter break, I’ve been counting the days until April. Along with the rest of the school, I’m drained from all this work school is putting on me for finals. Honestly, lately I’ve been counting the days left until graduation (1 year, 147 days). High school is getting old fast.

However, with the daydreaming of graduation brings my post high school life into consideration. Although I do have some short term plans, I don’t know where I’m going to end up. This is pretty stressful to think about.

The point is, you’re not always going to be a highschooler. And no matter how much you hate it, all of you are going to miss it at some point. I think this is because, whether you like it or not, high school is normal to you. You are comfortable with your daily routine, and you’re probably more comfortable with things staying the same, especially after 4 years.

When we leave high school, our lives are going to be drastically changing. We’ll lose friends, lose memories, and lose normalcy. That’s not an easy thing to go through, much less be expected to make a life-altering decision such as your college major at 18 years old.

I think that’s what makes adults reminisce about it. It really is easy to stay the same. So, even if you hate high school, take a minute to think about how much you’ll miss it. Appreciate the time you have right now.

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Nostalgia

Nostalgia is defined as yearning for a past, and wishing to have what you once did. Personally, I experience nostalgia all the time, which is kind of unnerving, honestly. For me, looking at my past is like looking at the grave of my grandmother- I knew it briefly, but still greatly miss it. I look back to my childhood, at my years in which school wasn’t the root of my problems, and miss my lost friends. I try not to have regret, but who doesn’t?

The only cure for nostalgia is acknowledging you have a great future ahead of you and utilizing your full potential. Enjoy and appreciate the unknown amount of time you have left. Life is a gift, treasure it. I’m trying. clock