Today I graduate high school. Now I have to admit it, when I found out COVID-19 postponed my graduation by 2 months, this event felt a little less special. In fact, up until last night at our graduation practice I didn't look forward to this day at all. Seeing old faces I knew I wouldn't miss, having to sit 6 feet apart, and all around just knowing this experience wasn't going to be like the one past graduates had. But last night, practicing the order of events, and especially practicing our senior song, I knew that all of this would be something I missed.
Some of these people I will literally never see again and I won't ever get to experience this exact feeling again. This is a moment for the class of 2020 to reminisce on everything we've accomplished in the last 12 years. I grew up with most of these people and they took me in even though I haven't been here from the start. I have friendships that will last a lifetime and moments I'll never forget. The teachers I've met have taught me a lifelong amount of lessons I use everyday, and that is one of the greatest gifts of all.
I've been prepared to succeed and go far beyond high school. Sure, I know how to add, subtract, read, and all of that stuff, but none of that compares to the relationships I've made with the people I've met. I'm inspired everyday by something a teacher has told me or by something a friend has done. High school had its ups and downs, it does for everyone, but it goes by a lot faster than you would think. And if you're not careful, one blink and the next thing you know you're walking across the stage to reach for your diploma, your ticket to the adult world.
My advice to anyone still in high school; Although high school doesn't represent your whole life, it's a journey of learning. Take this opportunity to figure out who you want to be and make memories.
Don't wish it all away.