Senior Advice

written by Erin Stokes

High school consists of 540 school days. These last days of being a kid are some of the toughest. It’s easy to fall into the trap of rushing through high school to get to ‘real life’, but in all reality, we’ve already entered it. It never seems like we’re going to grow older, even when we’re on the brink of adulthood. This article states 3 universal truths not just for seniors, but for all students approaching this new stage in their lives. Us high schoolers need to learn that it’s okay(and encouraged) to stay young forever.

Truth 1: Love is all. Your power as a human comes from your capacity to show love. The more love you share as a human, the happier and more carefree life will become. In love comes strength and there comes joy. The easiest way to guarantee hard times is to withhold love from family, friends, and yourself. In Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays With Morrie, he states, “the most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and how to let love come in.” This means that humans should love with all their capacity, but also that accepting the love that is given is equally essential. Once you master love, the rest of your life seems to fall into place.

Truth 2: Happiness is only real when shared. Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer states, “and so it turned out only a life similar to the life of those around us, merging with it without a ripple, is genuine life, and that an unshared happiness is not happiness.”  We all are connected more than we know. Our actions influence one another, and true happiness can only be achieved if others are equally happy. This idea is repeated endlessly in the world’s great religions and philosophies, and for good reason. To feel true joy is to love your fellow man. Show compassion, find light in each other and share your happiness when it’s found.

Truth 3: You attract what you vibrate. This idea goes by many names. Many call it karma, but it’s woven so deeply into the world that you can even find it in physics. Newton’s third law of motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The way we think, the people we hang out with, the actions we choose all are sent back to us in equal force. Cause and Effect. An example may be a student who didn’t apply themselves and therefore, didn’t get a grade they were proud of. What you get in life is what you put out there. Your perception of whether something is good or bad is also a deciding factor in how situations will affect you.

These years can be the best of our lives. And the most formative. Share light, spread color, stick your head out windows and jump in lakes. These years won’t come again, you only go through high school once. If you want to duck your head and wait for it to end, then you’ll reap what you sow. Love as much as you can, share your happiness with your fellow man, and attract joy the lives of others and to yourself.

“ I was so much older then I’m younger than that now..”

Bob Dylan