High School: Best Years of Your Life?

Throughout my teenage years when I was at high school I remember being told by numerous people that “high school is the best years of your life, cherish them”. I never believed them and I was right. For my own experiences anyway. 

If that’s the case then what even is the point in life after high school if it’s all downhill when you leave and become an adult? Is it because you don’t have responsibilities and having fun etc? Because let me tell you, you can still have fun when you are an adult. Just because you’re no longer a teenager doesn’t mean you can’t go to gigs, or party, or go and play on that swing. Life doesn’t stop, in fact I think life is just beginning when you leave.

I have enjoyed my life a whole lot more since leaving high school. I have better friends, I don’t have to get permission to do anything. I’ve been to places like Rome and New Zealand. I get to buy what I want although I do have to have some will power there to not buy everything I want. Responsibility isn’t a bad thing, and life after school isn’t a bad thing either. When people say it’s the best years of your life it is cynical and isn’t very encouraging. Maybe they do mean well but they are not always right.

Perhaps for some people it is the best years of their life. That is where they hit their peak. I aim to hit many peaks throughout my life. I aim to have fun and enjoy life as an adult. Sure school gave me some highlights but overall I hated school and I’m glad it’s over. Sure going to work isn’t the most pleasant parts of life and it can feel like you live to work but I try not to have that mentality. It can bring you down and you end up exhausted. But if I hadn’t been working I wouldn’t have been able to afford the trips I went on or the nice things I have been able to give to myself or my loved ones. 

Honestly. Life doesn’t always go downhill after school. Sure it can get harder but life is full of challenges. Doesn’t mean we stop having fun. Or having adventures and spending time with those we love. High school might be some of the best years of your life but don’t let that stop the rest of your life being enjoyable because our lives don’t end there. 

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