Some people never change after graduation
Believing any light you shine makes their’s lesser
They have to prove to everyone that their’s is better
We’ve all got bad yearbook photos, which we forgot to let go
And just like acne, our insecurity should be something we left with the JV
So here’s to letting go of yearbook photos- things we’ve got that hold us down.
After being inspired by Hollie’s blog post last week, I decided to do a post about high school. Granted, I’ve been out of high school a bit longer than Hollie so I’ve had even more time to
recover change :). I wanted to share some pictures and facts and other fun stuff, even though most of my pictures are at my parents’ house in photo albums :). So, here goes…
I didn’t run in high school! In fact, I didn’t do any sports. I was probably the most unathletic kid ever- I did everything I could to get out of gym class, and my mom went to a parent-teacher conference with my gym teacher because that was the lowest grade on my report card in ninth grade. I never could hit or catch a softball, but despite being unathletic, I ran a half marathon. It still amazes me :).
Instead of sports, I was in band, where I played flute and piccolo and was pretty mediocre at it. I always knew my musical career was limited to high school- and I was totally cool with that.
I loved band and it was awesome. Our band never won state finals, but in my opinion, we were the best band in the state! We worked hard every day at practice, had amazing friendships, and everyone was accepted. The band was a microcosm of every clique and social group at the school. We had nerds, smokers, cheerleaders, jocks- and everyone got along, at least, the best you could expect high school kids to get along.
I learned so much through being in band- so much about confidence, never giving up, facing your fears, working hard with a group toward a common goal… and when I graduated high school, I was proud to take that with me. Sure, everyone has pictures they want to burn and memories they want to repress, but band is something I’ll never let go of.
Being in band also gave me a sense of school spirit for spirit weeks!
I also had a much different style back in high school and wore a lot more black. I wasn’t a goth or skater, but I’m happy that my wardrobe includes so many other colors now :). I also wore a lot of oversized clothes, and looking back, I really wish I had more confidence in my body. I was heavier back then (but not overweight) and I definitely didn’t flaunt any of my positive features.
Some things haven’t changed though… I was pretty crazy back then!
And… Dave Ramsey has nothing on me! Toward the end of my junior year, I got a job working at a local grocery store. My parents insisted that I get a job because I got out of school at 1:30 most days and only had my community college class twice a week- so it gave me something to do (and extra money).
I spent my afternoons ringing up and bagging groceries, saving toward a new computer. I drank this Kiwi Strawberry Shasta soda from the soda machine at work because it was super yummy and only a quarter, even though everyone else spent $1.00 on a 20 oz. Coke (remember when Cokes were only a dollar? Boo for having to spend $1.00 and change for a Coke now!).
After consuming a lifetime’s worth of high fructose corn syrup and saving for four months, I bought a laptop :). I spent hours on that laptop hard-coding HTML for my Geocities website (anyone else remember Geocities? RIP Geocities!) and downloading music.
I took the same computer to Francis Marion University, where I used it in my business writing and technical communications classes. Even now, I love thinking back about how my first job, the skills I learned there, and the computer I bought from working there has lead me to my current career in Technical Writing.
The years I was in high school definitely weren’t the best years of my life, and I’d never go back– even if you paid me a million dollars! Looking back, I see how much I worried over things that, in the long run, didn’t matter at all. I also see how little confidence I had in myself, even though I always seemed to “have it together”.
- Did you dress up for spirit week in high school (if you had it)? I definitely dressed up! I never went crazy or won, but it was fun to be goofy with it :).
- What subject was the lowest grade on your report card in? Bet I’m going to be the only person who did better in math than gym!