We go through four years of high school, just kind of shuffling along, whining and complaining and wishing that it was all over. But it’s that moment at the very end that makes you contemplative, makes you wish we could hold on to the familiar forever. It’s this moment that makes you go, damn, those WERE the best four years of my life.
I can’t believe that we’re all graduating just next week. It’s tremendously surreal. This is the moment that defines that we, the class of 2012 of Evergreen Valley High School, as a whole, are now not kids, but truly adults. We are going to be off on our own, living our own lives at different places across the globe, and eventually be something later on in life. Maybe we’ll be able to be someone impressive, and maybe not. The matter of the fact is, when we reflect on the past for years to come, we’ll be able to tell our kids and our grandkids what we went through in high school.
We’ll be able to tell them what amazing friends we had, how much trouble we stirred, and what radical completely off-the-wall adventures we had ventured. Because, come on, lets face it, things are more fun when it’s not “legal”. We’ll be able to tell them about our teachers. The bad, the good, and the ugly. We’ll tell them which ones made a tremendous impact in our lives, which ones taught us something that was actually important. Because, lets face it, anyone can learn to regurgitate memorized materials. But we don’t have a class to learn how to deal with life, how to make the right choices, how to live well, or prosper. We’re told to accomplish these things without any actual directions on how to do it. So the true teachers that were there for us, went beyond the textbooks and taught us the things that actually really matters.
And of course, we’ll be able to tell them about our break ups, heartbreaks, heartaches, the drama, and the things that sucked so much as a teenager you never thought you’d be able to get through it. We’ll be able to say...
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