So you finally got to the goal you have been heading for and there’s this strange place where new goals have to be set, and a little bit of time to reflect on where you think your life is going. Every high school graduate, no matter what their background, has a chance in life to make the very best of who they are, and that graduation certificate is just a starting point.
As with races in sports that starting block sits there until the race starts, and here instead of thinking about how sad you are that a part of your life has gone, it would be wise to remember that when one door closes, another one opens. That starting block is the sign of things to come, and how fast you take the race can make a huge difference to your success in what can only be described as the Human race.
What the human race consists of
The race from childhood to adulthood is a very stressful one, though the stress can be taken out of it by the way in which you approach it. Imagine in a real marathon turning up unprepared with no trainers and no sports gear and just deciding on the spur of the moment to take part. Life’s very much like that and preparation for success takes time. You are unprepared. You are a child, though a grown up one at a time when all your friends are going their own ways, and decisions have to be made about your future.
While many parents try to push high school graduates in different directions, you are a grown up in your own right, and by taking control of your life from the word go, you really can make a difference as to how successful that transition is between childhood and adulthood. Taking a break in between school and college will probably happen anyway though that break can be your opportunity to decide what kind of competitor you want to be in the race for success.
School teamwork is a foundation for what you find when you leave the cozy school environment, and instead of working as a team with team-mates, here you are on the threshold of being part of a much bigger team. Take family for instance, each of your family plays a part in the team that wants you to succeed. Heed their advice, though remember that the ultimate decisions for your future are yours. Listen, digest, and know that all those people rooting for you aren’t there to push you into a life you don’t want. Chances are that they love you and are offering you advice because they still think of you as a child.
Here, you can make a difference to their perception by working with that family team rather than against them. You are all on the same side, though only by discussing your future with them and not shutting them out can you get the results that you want. Don’t be pressured into making decisions you don’t want, though remember teamwork, and don’t be too quick to rebel. Discussion and understanding works much more effectively and all you do by rebelling against parental advice is prove that the child you were still needs guidance. The adult approach to problem solving is to talk and let your parents and family know that you have opinions and want to fulfill your dreams, not theirs.
Parting with other kids can be hard, and sometimes graduates feel at a crossroads in their lives, finding it hard to see beyond the sadness to the big picture, although those friends that are close will still be close, and even geographical differences between you and them cannot break bonds made over years. Be there for them, and let them be there for you.
It’s a road that leads to your future. Remember that scrawny kid that started school not knowing what they wanted or whether they could achieve ? You passed the test. Now go forward with hope in your heart, never forgetting that scrawny kid because that element of self doubt makes you a worthy contestant and a humane one. Remember, the world waits for you. Take your time and make the right decisions, remembering that you matter and occasionally remembering that inside that grown up person is a child that also needs nurturing and an element of fun.