7 (Non-School Related) Things High School Taught Me

Sunday, May 31, 2015

In case you haven't heard, as of Wednesday, I am done with high school. Forever. I never have to go back. Thursday was a nice relaxing day of detoxing from graduation parties and doing absolutely nothing, but by Friday, I was antsy.

As I've tried to process this major ending and new beginning that's happening, I've done a ton of reflecting. The reflecting started off as sporadic late night thoughts, but they quickly transformed into words, which turned into sentences, which eventually turned into this blog post. I think math and science and english and all of those subjects are equally important, but I've narrowed my list down to 7 important things that I've learned that have no relation to school subjects. Because some of the most important things you learn in high school actually have nothing to do with school at all.

1. It's not uncool to be clever. This sounds really lame, but for a while I would try to dumb myself down to fit people's expectations. By no means am I claiming to be the next Einstein or anything, but the stigma behind being "nerdy" is very much alive and out there. Clever people are often said to be nerdy, and I tried to avoid this stereotype. Looking back at my 9th grade self, I should've just been clever. Be clever. Be witty. There's nothing uncool about having a sense of humor or intelligence.

2. Don't delete any pictures. Don't delete the blurry ones or the ones where you look "ugly". I still have to fight the urge to delete a picture where I look less than stellar, but those pictures will end up being your favorite ones in the future, I promise.

3. It's okay to do something and not post it on Instagram. Because let's face it, the people who seem to be having a good time 24/7 on Instagram are not having that much fun.

4. You are not a number. I think high school makes a lot of people feel like a number. They're their test scores, class rank, the number on their football jersey, the amount of points they score in a basketball game, their ID number, the amount of likes they get on Instagram, the amount of followers they have on Twitter, their weight, etc. There's this misconception that all that matters about a person are the few things that people know about them. You are so much more than a number.

5. Don't glorify being busy. I think as a society, we tend to glorify the idea of being busy. Why is it uncool to get enough sleep? Sometimes the only productive thing you'll do all day is breath, and that's okay. Take care of yourself. You'll never be successful if you're constantly running on no sleep and a destructive lifestyle.

6. Be vulnerable. As someone who detests vulnerability, this one was tough to write, but it's absolutely true. People appreciate imperfection. Sometimes telling people about the things you're not proud of feels really good. Showing people who you are beneath the Instagram filters is scary, but no real connections happen when you're being superficial or pretending to be someone you aren't.

7. "The world is full of nice people. If you can't find one, be one." Being nice to people sounds so cliche, but it's so underrated. You have to be intentional about this one. Think about it; it costs $0.00 to be a nice human. When you think about other people and what they're going through, you realize that the world really needs more nice people. 

"She continues to create a world entirely of her own."

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  1. Solid! And I've gotta say, I 1000000% agree with never deleting a picture. Even just crappy food photos I take of recipe for the blog I keep! You just never know ;)

  2. Yes, I love this post! Especially number four, I definitely felt like that during high school. You're adorable <3


  3. I absolutely love this post!
    I'll graduate high school on three weeks (I'm not from The States (; ) and I can realte to all of them. Especially number one and five. I hate it when people play dumb just because it's supposed to be cool - if you ask me, the coolest thing is the world is to be smart! And I am seriously tired of people who glorify business - we don't need more stress in our lives!
    Thanks a million for spreading the word - and a huge congratulations on you graduation :D

  4. Absolutely amazing. You are such a wise woman, and I look up to you. I especially love #2 about not deleting any pictures. I usually make sure to delete all the pictures that are just "eh", but you're so right— those "eh" pictures that do stick around end up being the funniest and most nostalgic memories later.
    You're gonna do big things, girl. And a lot of little things that have a big impact. ♥


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