Many of us were born and raised in the same town. It is exciting to finally move away and live on your own after years of having to ask your parents to do everything. You meet new friends and start to find new favorite spots to eat, hang out and study. It is so easy to get caught up in the rush of all the new experiences that you are having. But, no matter how busy you are, do not forget to look back at the life you had back home.
Text and call your best friends from home. You are both are caught up in your new surroundings with new friends, but do not forget about your old friends. You have people that have been with you through many important years, do not forget to let them know you still care. You may not be able to speak often because of your busy schedules, but make sure to remind them that you still care about them and that you are interested in what they are doing now. Try to make time to get together when you are home from breaks or you can always take a road trip to visit them at their college. Trust me, it is worth it.
Don't forget about your family back home. It is so easy to get caught up in everything that you forget where you came from. It may be easy for you because you are surrounded by new people and new places, but to your family, something is missing. They are not used to having dinner without you, or coming home to talk about how your day was. Send a quick text to your family and make sure to come home and visit all your relatives.
As much as you wanted to run away from your high school, remember the teachers that impacted you. Try to reach out to them and let them know how you are doing. Their students are their livelihood and they care about you. Make sure they know how they impacted your life and how much you appreciate what they did for you. You would be surprised how far a thank-you really goes.
Appreciate your hometown. You probably hated it when you were growing up because there was never anything to do. It seems there is always greener grass on the other side, but really, there is green grass wherever you water it. Do not forget all the memories you made with old friends in the town that nothing significant ever seems to happen. Each hometown has something special about it, so make sure you find what is special to you, and hang on to that.
It is not bad to look back at your life to appreciate and remember all you have been through. Where you grew up and what you did when you were young has shaped you into the person you are today. Take the time to look back every once in a while so that you can appreciate what you had, and what you have now.