I choose for my life to be awesome
June 18, 2013
By Zach Bunch
As a senior, I’m supposed be able to tell you all that high school has taught me about life.
Except that I don’t think I can. I’m only 17; what do I know about life?
It seems that high school graduation is sometimes treated with a sort of reverence, as if we seniors have accomplished some sort of grand feat. We’re supposed to be so proud of ourselves, and all our family and friends come to watch as we each get handed a sheet of paper that says, “You’re a winner.”
Well congratulations, seniors; you’ve pulled off the amazing achievement of living for approximately 18 years.
Maybe I’m being too cynical, but I don’t feel that now is the time to reflect upon our lives thus far. Rather, now is the time to look forward to what our lives have the potential to become. Don’t get me wrong; high school was a blast — but the coming years will affect the outcome of our lives much more than these past four ever will.
But isn’t that the great thing about this point in our lives? We seniors are all going to be faced with so many choices, and we don’t have to settle for mediocrity; we can choose success. We can choose to lead awesome lives. And you know what? I choose.
I choose to go to college, and I choose to pursue a degree in journalism and a career in medicine. I choose to leave next year for (literally) God-knows-where on a two-year LDS mission. I choose to move away from Seattle, because the weather and the politics make me insane. And I choose for my life to be awesome. I choose for my life to be successful.
Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that what might seem amazing to one person could be awful to another. We have to remember that “success” is a fluid word; it is as you define it to be. This means that it is impossible to judge the success of others — so don’t. Learn only to judge personal success. Set goals and hold yourself accountable to them. Don’t settle for less.
So, maybe high school did teach me something about life, after all. I’ve realized that it doesn’t matter if you’ll be studying at Harvard University or flipping burgers at McDonald’s — you can have an awesome and successful life. All you have to do is define what you want and then choose to go get it.
But who I am to tell you all this? I’m only 17; what do I know about life? All I know is that it’s going to be awesome.