I’ve written a letter to my 13 year old self before, but this one is more of me reflecting back over high school since I just graduated this weekend — that’s also why I missed posting last week, but I’m back now!:)
Dear Freshman Taryn,
I know starting at a new private school sounds terrifying, but don’t worry or panic. I promise you’re going to love it! You’re going to meet your best friend, you’re going to have teachers that push you and teach you in ways you can’t even imagine, and you’re going to be changed more than you can imagine by these next four years of high school.
You’re going to meet a lot of people right at first that you’ll want to impress. People that are popular and would be cool to be friends with. But you don’t have to be cool or pretty or have designer clothes to have real friends. Don’t be afraid to go sit with or talk to anyone you want to, but stick with the people that want to be around you even on the bad hair days.
Do your homework, and please don’t put off all ten calculus lessons until the night before they’re due. But don’t put crazy pressure on yourself to be perfect. Other things in life are important too. Sure, getting straight As is amazing. But so are spending time with friends, playing in the praise band, working a job, and reading. Realize that striking a balance is important so that you don’t crash. It’s more important to do really well at all the things you choose to do than to focus all your energy on being perfect at one.
Don’t take your opportunities for granted. On your graduation day, you’re going to wish you had spent more time getting to know your amazing classmates. You’re going to wish you could go back and do some things differently. But you won’t be able to. So right now, enjoy life and don’t take yourself too seriously. These four years will be hard, but they will be so amazing. Go get ’em, Taryn. You’re gonna do great things in this world.
My newly graduated self