I was going to post this with a recent senior photo session, but I thought this deserved it’s own post. It’s short, but sweet, and I hope it reaches who it’s meant to reach. Growing up is hard! But it gets be an exciting and fun challenge, if you choose see it that way.
If I can give a few pieces of advice to high school seniors, it’s this:
Don’t rush to grow up. Seriously, enjoy the journey, because one day you’ll realize it’s 10 years later and you were too busy rushing to grow up to enjoy days that you can’t go back and repeat. Slow down and have fun!
Get a grip on your finances ASAP. Don’t fall into the trap of trying to keep up with the Jones’ or you’ll be living in debt spending your days trying to pull yourself out. One major lesson I’ve learned about managing money: wealth is not about how much money you make, wealth is about how you spend the money you make (ie, you can make a million dollars and still be broke if you’re spending it frivolously). Establish your money plans early on to set yourself up for success (Book Rec: Total Money Makeover – I wish someone glued this book to my hands when I was in high school!).
Your definition of success does not need to be society “norms”. You’ll find love when you’re meant to, you’ll have kids if/when you’re meant to, you’ll buy the house when you’re meant to. Don’t feel pressured to do these things on society’s timeline. Grow at your own pace and trust in His timing.
Generosity paves the road to success. You don’t earn interest before you put the money in the bank. You put the money in the bank and then you earn interest. So invest in others, give to others, and the rewards will come.
Never stop learning! I know the last thing you want to do after your profession for basically your entire life has been to get an education, but life is a teacher itself. My cousin Pablo, said it best:”The military gave me what I needed when I needed it. It taught me how to deal with disappointment and keep moving forward. And I think that’s the meaning of life: learning those little lessons along the way.”
There’s SO. MUCH. MORE. I could say. But then you’d be reading an entire book, and this was just meant to be quick advice.
Wishing you the best of luck in your senior year of high school and beyond!