Whenever I go to family events the first question I get asked is “How’s school going?” I always reply with the standard “Oh it’s good,” or “I like it a lot better than last year.” The second question I get asked varies between “What colleges are you looking at?” and “What do you want to do with your life?” I usually reply with “I’m not really sure yet, I’m still deciding.” And yes, I am still deciding. I am only a sophomore in high school, I have no idea what I want to do with my life, I don’t even know what I’m doing this weekend.
It seems like adults only care about where I’m going in life and if I’ll get into the desired college with scholarships. Sure, I care about my future, I’m not trying to come off as someone who is terrified of or avoiding college and getting a job, but again I’m only a sophomore. I need to enjoy life as it is happening and not spend my entire high school career planning for my next step in life.
I think it is important for people, especially teenagers, to live in the moment. As Andy Bernard from The Office once said, “I wish you knew you were in the good old days before you actually left them.”
I’m pretty sure we are all in the “good old days” right now. I mean, people always say high school is the best four years of your life, right?
We spend so much time planning and waiting for things to happen. We wait all day for 3 p.m., all week for the weekend, all school year for summer and all four years of high school for college. Maybe instead of waiting, we should make the best of what we have now. We should focus on making memories so that when it’s 3:30 p.m. and we are home with nothing to do but procrastinate homework, we will have something to look back on, and remember these “good old days.”
I’m not trying to say we should forget about college and the future. However, instead of staring at the clock during math class waiting for the last bell of the day or freaking out about if we’re going to get accepted to our dream college, we should make the best of the time we have now.