Dear Graduating Seniors,
You've maybe heard the saying, "all good things come to an end". A semi-true statement. High School was for some, the time of your lives, while for others you have been dreaming of the day when High School is no longer a part of your daily rhythm. No matter what end of the spectrum you fall on I know that this time is a bittersweet time. Bitter because you are saying goodbye to friends, teachers, and people you love, and sweet because you are entering into a new, exciting season.
I wanted to encourage all of you, seniors, as you leave with a few, hopefully short, things I hope you can take with you as you go.
Looking back and remembering moments is a skill. Just yesterday I was jamming Yellowcard Ocean Avenue in my car and it took me back to many bus rides on my High School tennis team. Often times we need things, smells, songs, or pictures to reminisce... So, for a moment, let's take some time to remember
Remember drives with your friends and singing at the top of your lungs.
Remember late nights eating more food than you could imagine.
Remember your first all nighter, where in the moment it seemed like the best idea, but the next morning thinking it was the worst.
Remember forgetting to do your homework and turning it in with answers you guessed on, only to get it returned and you got a B+.
Remember talks with your parents.
Remember conversations with your best friends.
Remember sitting under the stars contemplating life.
Remember moments of loneliness.
Remember making that mistake that you wish you never made.
Remember that summer crush, and how it only lasted a week.
Remember summer camp... all of it.
Remember the feeling of being let down by your friends, parents, or a teacher.
Remember that you are dearly loved by someone.
Remember that you are dearly loved by God.
All these memories have shaped you to be the person you are today. These memories are things you cannot take back and many of them you will never forget. Take them with you, hold them tightly... Each one has prepared you for what's next, so be ready:
Be ready for new friends.
Be ready for experiences that will challenge you.
Be ready to have your faith tested in a new way.
Be ready to to have even more all nighters. This time with coffee.
Be ready to change your major (many of you will).
Be ready to feel homesick.
Be ready to cry at hallmark commercials and realize you're getting old.
Be ready to live in a dorm room, do your own laundry, and send a box of ties to your dad because you still don't know how to tie a tie.
Be ready to miss all your old friends from high school.
Be ready for many of your high school friendships to dissolve.
Be ready to write a ten page paper on.. everything. Literally everything.
Be ready to laugh until you cry at 2am while eating a burrito from 711.
Be ready to experience God in a completely new way!
The best thing you can do, senior, is to anticipate and decide what sort of person do you want to be in college. Decide now. Don't decide in the moment. Take what God has given you, and everything you have learned in order to be intentional about your next steps.
And, if college is less than exciting... remember that life goes in seasons. Good and bad... It's how we face the bad ultimately show who we are. You can get through it. And as fast as High School went by, College will be all the same.
All good things come to an end, but... Even better things are ahead.
Seniors... you are loved. Thanks for the ride!
Cheers to the next season
Til' next time