Oh, Sarah. I'm fairly certain we had a great time yesterday, right?
After spending time with Sarah and her mom, I started to think back to when I was a senior in high school. The friends, the routines, the worries, the what-if's, everything. Those were the good ol' days. Then I thought to myself, if I could give advice to any seniors in high school, what would it be? Well Sarah, you're in luck. I'm about to give you the advice I bet you can't wait to get. (Cue: eye rolling.) Ok, but really, from someone that not so long ago turned a passion into a reality and continues to chase dreams, here's some unsolicited advice for you:
1. Life is only just beginning. It's hard to believe because you're at the end of your teen years, so obviously you've been around a little bit, but just wait. And don't rush it. Enjoy these years. They may seem difficult and unfair at times, but they're going to be some of the best times you've ever had. Promise.
2. Don't panic if you don't know what you want to do with your life. Dip your toes into a little bit of everything until you feel passionate about something. I knew my entire life I wanted to be a teacher, and then I took some classes. Surprise, not for me! And that's a-ok. You just pick back up and figure out a new direction. You'll find where you're meant to be in life and you'll know it when you get there.
3. Remember to have fun. It's crazy how fast time is going to fly by, so make sure you pad your life full of memories with your family and friends. You'll have friends come and go, you'll even reconnect with a great friend after you've both gone through the awkward adulating and figuring out how to live life phase, but you'll always have your family right there with you to cheer you on.
THIS is the time to live. Cherish the relationships you have, especially the one with your mom. When you get older, you'll realize that she's the one best friend that's been with you through it all.
You already know it, but you'll do great in anything you set your mind to. Go and get 'em!
Congratulations on a wonderful senior year and a beautiful future!