May: A Month In Review

Hello, Interwebs! Today I will be continuing with my usual review of the months as they pass by.

Today, I’d like to focus on this idea of ” becoming oneself”. This meaning, to become the person you are meant to be. I’d like to think that this last month I have done more self-growth and self-exploration than I have in a long time. As I am going to college soon, I looked back on my high school experience and looked at all of the things I learned, all of the things I want to continue doing, and all of the things I want to leave behind.

For many people, this is what you’re experiencing right now. This sort of ” beginning of life existential crisis”. Therefore, I want to offer you some of the things that I have learned. The first of those lessons being ” all in due time”. I grew up sincerely thinking that I would never go to college. ( and I spoke about this in depth in another article so go and read that one). ” All in due time” means that you will come upon what you are meant to do or where you are meant to go if you are meant to go or do those things. Leave things up for the future and enjoy today ( of course that doesn’t mean you should do any planning. always plan)  The second thing that I’ve learned is that, above all else, be true to yourself. Many people today think that they need to be this person that they have envisioned as being a better version of themselves, I was one of those people. I used to think that I needed to act a certain way and refrain from being my true self for people to like me.

Now I know people always say ” be yourself and everything will be okay”, that isn’t what I’m telling you. Being yourself won’t be easy, isn’t the path to popularity and won’t get you Instagram followers; but it’s the truth. When you are your true and authentic self the people in your life that you don’t need are weeded out and you find yourself surrounded by people who genuinely like you for you who are, not who you pretend to be.

In the end, May is all about endings become beginnings. We are in this cycle of life whereas one door closes another opens. At the close of this article, I will leave you with this quote

” Without Darkness, there is no Light. For Life is the beautiful lie and Death is the ugly truth”



One Week Until Graduation: My Thoughts About High School

Hello interwebs! With finals going on and the school year coming to an end I thought that I would make a post talking about my high school experience as a whole.

High School is an interesting beast. You are becoming who you are while making decisions that will impact you for the rest of your life. But I also want to make a point that you don’t have to graduate with a 4.5 to feel good about your time spent in High School. As someone who isn’t the best at getting straight A’s, I want to tell anyone who is in High School or heading into High School that grades aren’t everything. I graduated High School with somewhere around a 3.5 GPA. I am completely satisfied with my work in school and I got into my top school on scholarship with a GPA that most children are told won’t get them anywhere.

High School is all about development. You are deciding, who you are, what you stand for, what you believe in and what you want to do with the rest of your life. It’s a time for making memories, making friends, and making mistakes. We live in a society today that emphasizes the horrors of failure. One of my favorite Japanese proverbs states ” Failure isn’t getting kicked down, Failure is getting kicked down and refusing to get up”. Everyone has moments where they just mess up, and sometimes even a few times. But to tell you honestly, without those failures, you probably wouldn’t be the same person. Failure isn’t about doing poorly, it’s about doing poorly and then coming up with a solution to not do poorly again.

High School is also a time for deciding what you believe in. I know many kids out there feel as though they have to believe in certain things, or like certain organizations, because that’s what you’re parents believe in. You are on your way to becoming an adult. As an adult, you will have to decide what you believe in, what your values are, and what causes you want to support; These beliefs being separate from your parents. Never be afraid to stand up for what you believe in, even if you are standing separate from your parents.

I loved my High School experience. It was filled with ups and downs, love and heartache, and certainly lots of memories I will never forget. But ultimately, I became the person that I was meant to become. I grew up, saw the real world, and constantly saw the injustices of the world that I want to change. In the end, however, I wouldn’t change any of it for the world. I made some friends that I will cherish for the rest of my life as well as meeting the young man that is the love of my life.

Enjoy it while you can,