I am finding it hard to believe I almost done with high school. How did that happen? The time flew by! It feels like just yesterday I was a freshman. Admittedly, the past four years haven’t been easy, but I still wouldn’t trade them for anything. High school can be very overwhelming. You start out feeling like a minnow in the lake and end it feeling like a grain of sand on the beach.
Senior year has been a rollercoaster of emotions and events. I started this year having a clear idea of what I wanted to do. But now with 2 weeks of school left I am still undecided. I applied to a college that had the major I was planning to pursue. But when I didn’t get accepted I felt like it was just over. I worked so hard for the good grades, I went through a nerve wracking interview and even 9 hours of job shadowing.
As I listen to the people around me I get the feeling that too many of them have this idea that college and the college that you go to is everything. While I definitely believe that college is important and that for many careers even essential, it is not all there is to life. So many of my peers seem like they are forgetting that they are still just kids.
Not getting into the college I wanted actually now in retrospect was more of a second chance. I spent the last couple of months really assessing my life and everything that makes me who I am. I asked myself if the area of study I though I wanted to go to school for would truly make me happy or not. I think that so often we take the safer option in life and that’s exactly what I did. I chose a career I knew would be secure, whether it be in money or actually finding a job after college. But it wasn’t my passion.
So my challenge to any fellow seniors or pretty much anyone is to ask yourself if you’re doing what you love most in this world. Is what you’re doing setting your heart on fire, or is it simply putting money in your wallet? There is a quote that I hear often that says ‘ if you do what you love you’ll never work a day in your life ‘. I think that that is incredibly true. Find what you love and do it till you can’t anymore.
I hope that somehow maybe this inspired at least one person to reflect on their life and where it’s going. Do what makes YOU happy, not everyone else.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.