What I’ve Learned After One Month of Senior Year

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// This seemed like a good time to share another senior pic //

One month down, eight to go!!! That in itself is crazy. Sitting in August from the outside looking in, senior year seemed like it would be a piece of cake and I’d have everything figured out. That idea quickly shattered as I entered my last first month of high school.

Between cheering and working and homework and applying to colleges and helping others with their health journeys and girls nights and yada yada yada, I’ve learned more in the past month than maybe ever. It’s okay to do what you need to do in order to make yourself happy; you truly are in charge of your own happiness. It’s okay to spend your weekend nights in bed watching Netflix, and it’s okay to go to the party——whatever makes you happy. You own all your decisions. You can’t blame anyone else for where you find yourself when you finally look around; your choices led you to this place, good or bad.

Another important thing I’ve learned: nothing ever stays the same. Senior year is a time of change, and it’s comforting to know that no one really knows what they’re doing. What’s been most enlightening and freeing is understanding that we are always growing. We’re constantly evolving into better versions of ourselves. This means friendships shift too; a relationship can’t stay the exact same forever—— that contradicts the constant variable of change. It’s hard to live in the moment, but it’s harder to fret about the future. One month of senior year has taught me to cherish the present and appreciate the ways I’m growing. xx

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