I was grateful for all the opportunities I have had so far in my life and the countless things the people around me have sacrificed to get me to where I was then. And I am still pleased about those things.
But what I was angered about is so different. I was stressed about staying in certain activities, whether I should do it to stand out on those college applications or quit to make my life calmer and happier. And angered that no one around me could relate to what I was feeling or could say just the right thing to make the decision in my mind clear. But a month later, everything is clear.
Who cares about college applications if you are not staying true to your heart. Drop what makes you stressed and move forward to bigger better things. Do what makes you happy and push onward.
If there are friends who stress you or have burnt you multiple times, let them go, or even just create some distance. If there is an activity that you are doing and you don’t love it anymore, lessen the amount of involvement you have with it, or even better- leave.
Change your life so that you are happy, because that is all that matters. A month ago, I thought about how I was spending numerous hours at dance, spending time with friends who hurt me and left me out of activities and losing my passion for what I really loved because I was too busy dealing with my stress from other, fixable things.
But then I chose happiness. And that was the choice that made all the difference. Who cares what others think, especially in high school, because we are all leaving in less than two years. Take risks and try new things, but only stay or continue if they are something that makes you specifically happy. Don’t take all AP classes based on other's judgement or because your friends will be there, take them only if you truly want to learn that material. And don’t be a part of an activity if it isn’t fun for you, because it will lead to unnecessary stress.
Choose your friends, your activities and your classes wisely, because if you do, you will have choosen happiness.