I went to a high school play yesterday. It’s funny how in high school, you feel like you’re on top of the world. And a lot of the times you are. For many, high school is the peak. It’s the time where the only worries and burdens are the pressures of your peers–and you can pretty much can do whatever. Be in a play, rock out in band, and in any way possible be a big deal. Everything in high school is a big deal.
Then some taper off and once the high school wave is over some people quit riding it. Why not? When I graduated from high school, there was a clean slate. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but no expectations. And it turned out extremely well. I hate seeing people just giving up and not doing more for themselves. Because high school is just a time of your life. And you really can do the things you want as quick as possible, it just takes work and time.
When I was a teenager, I had a cell phone but texting wasn’t a big deal and the biggest social media sites at the time were Myspace and Livejournal. I didn’t get Facebook until towards the end of my senior year. But that’s when it was still only for students. I think, not sure how all that worked then.
My point is there are so many more distractions now for teens. But, every single generation of teenagers had their distractions. This one though is slightly different. We live in such an instantaneous world now. I want it, and I want it now. I’ve heard several times on a radio show how the Gen Y’ers are going into internships and jobs half-assed and actually expecting things to be handed from them. One thing teens should remember is that they have to go through the motions like everybody else did. As they should. You learn things when you clean up poop. (Not literally, you get the point).
I didn’t know that in high school, but, I worked hard. And am a published writer at 23. It was even before 23. You can still live the dream in college and even better make a career out of something you like. It just takes time and effort. Lots of it. Don’t doubt I wanted to pull all my hair out in college. It is no easy task. But you can pull through, and keep riding the high school on-top-of-the-world wave.