For many of us school is, or was, the biggest part of our life, but like everything else it must come to an end.
After 13 years of schooling, I have finally graduated high school. And if you are in a similar situation then, like me, you probably still don’t know how to feel about it.
Class of 2015 – WE MADE IT
Although, many of you may not be graduating high school right now or have already done so, I am positive that you have all been in a situation where you have reached a crossroads in your life.
Robert Frost wrote;
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
However, we aren’t Robert Frost and if we all took the road less traveled, it would no longer be the road less traveled.
Also, for many of us it isn’t as simple as choosing between two roads, often there are infinite pathways to choose from. For all of my fellow high school graduates, we stand at this point together; some already beginning the path they want to follow, others torn between multiple roads and most stuck at this point, overwhelmed, confused and absolutely terrified.
You all need to know that the route you take now may not be the right route for you, but it does not mean that you are stuck on this passage forever. In fact, many roads may overlap and can still lead you to your desired destination.
Believe it or not, you can and will survive without knowing where and what you want to be in life. As a teenager this is especially important to understand.
For years we have been fed the idea that we ‘need’ to go to university to be successful, we ‘need’ to know our ultimate career path, we ‘need’ to pass this one exam as it will shape our entire life, but these ideas are not always correct. I sit at my laptop shaking my head as I type this because of how utterly outrageous these ideas are.
As a 17 year old I feel like I have a pretty firm idea of the career path and future I want to become part of and live in, but then again, I think back to when I was 10 and was determined that I wanted to be a veterinarian and a florist which is completely different to my current dreams of entering the tourism industry.
The point I am trying to get across is this, I don’t think anyone truly knows what they will become and they shouldn’t have to, even if you do find yourself in a position you are happy and comfortable with, there will always be room to grow and to evolve.
You must never forget that only you can decide who, what and where you want to be and it does not make you any less of a person by going against anyone else’s preconceived ideals.