Though it’s crazy to think that I’ll be a high school graduate in less than a week, I believe that it is a good time to share some lessons that I have learned during my seven years at Lincoln Lutheran. Though I could go on and on about the multitudes of impacting academic lessons that I have experienced, I think that it would be much more beneficial to share the life lessons that have been taught to me.
The first lesson that I would like to share is one that I am still working on and making progress in. This lesson is being more open and outgoing with people. Throughout my time at Lincoln Lutheran, I have struggled with sharing my emotions, opinions, and thoughts. This has caused me to be immensely introverted and has also restricted many opportunities at building close relationships with other people. I’m still known as that one quiet girl to many people, but I believe that, over this past year, I have been able to break out of my shell and, at least, attempt to make a difference instead of simply cope. I think that getting more involved in activities like clubs, mentoring opportunities, and sports has really provided the chances to meet new people and create bonds with those I would have never met. To all who can relate to this life lesson on a personal level, let me just encourage you to use those opportunities that are given to you in life – don’t let them simply pass you by. Even though it might be difficult to open up, take the risk! Those relationships are priceless.
The next lesson that I have learned at Lincoln Lutheran, but, like the previous lesson, am still working on is: your physical and mental health is far more important than your academics. Being an individual with acute anxiety, I often find myself struggling to contain my sickening nerves over the smallest things – sometimes even finding myself becoming physically ill over school work. I’m not sure if this is merely a symptom of senioritis, but I’ve gradually found myself finding it more easy to let go. Now I’m not saying to not complete your school assignments, but don’t allow the stress and worry of life to absorb you. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, simply find some time to unwind and take a break – do something that you enjoy or that relaxes you. You cannot let your education become more important than yourself because without you, there is no need for it.
Along with the life lessons, I would like to some valuable aspects that I attempt to follow. First, value what you have in the time being. This could include: relationships, property, opportunities, sleep. In our consumer society, we often find ourselves caught up in yearning to have more and to possess the newer versions. This leads to not appreciating what you already have. People and earthly things come and go out of your life. I, like everyone else, have experienced this, but I am about to experience this again to a larger extend as I leave Lincoln Lutheran and those that I have grown up with. Value the time and people that you have because your time is short, even when it seems years away.
My next valuable aspect is take advice, suggestions, and helpful criticism from those around you that yearn to help. Even though it may seem annoying and unnecessary at the moment, they simply want to help you and teach you. They want you to succeed in life and simply want you to have the best life.
The last aspect that I would like to leave you with is keep pushing in life. Life is often difficult and tribulations are thrown your way. It may seem like there is no way out, but please keep pushing through. There is so much more to life and only time will tell. Find things that you find joy in and create memories with those. Replace the sad with the good and ask God for assistance in doing so.
In an attempt to gather everything that I have just stated, I would like to leave you with a Bible verse that I have always found encouraging. Psalm 46:1-3 states, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” Like I stated previously, life can be difficult and scary, but God is constantly by our side, providing us strength and courage. There is nothing in life that God hasn’t already experienced through the suffering of Jesus Christ. God is our unbreakable crutch and He encourages us to use Him in our times of trouble.