Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a fantastic few weeks! For a while now I’ve been stressed about the future—where will I go to college? what will I do when I get there? what’s the plan after that?!
As a high school student, I am constantly pressured to make life altering decisions that I am much to indecisive to commit to. As an eighth grader I was told to choose a “career path” that enforced elective classes that would prepare a student for their college major. How and why does a school system expect kids to know the outline of their life at fourteen years old?!
We are put under so much pressure to decide our future, but I think its high time that we live for the now. Living in the moment is an easy way to impact your mental state. Now, I’m not saying to completely block out the future. Consider how your decisions now will impact your life later, but if you have the chance to spend time with people you love, or go do things you won’t always have the opportunity to do, please go out and do it! Youth is fleeting and the cacoon of high school doesn’t last forever.
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” —Henry David Thoreau
Enjoy doing what you love with people you love, and stress will melt away. Live for the now, and don’t stress too hard for the future, everything always seems to work itself out.
Spend your week enjoying the little things, and find sunshine in every day life. Take a moment to slow down in this already fast paced world. Sit and ponder and laugh and love. Life is short, keep a steady pace and enjoy the simple things before life gets in the way.
P.S. if you see a colorful wall, don’t be afraid to go and take pictures in front of it—it’s the little things that radiate joy.