It’s unreal even now to think that I have officially graduated high school. And to think that I survived all these years and have really been able to grow as a student, daughter, friend, sister and leader. I first started off high school with not a lot of self confidence and constantly worried that I wasn’t good enough, whether it was sports, academics, looks, making friends…looking back now, I’ve gone through so much in high school, much of which was an emotional roller coaster for me- trying to please others, learning to cope with my flaws, discovering my self-worth, connecting with my family, maintaining different relationships-none of it was easy for me. On the contrary, however, the many failures I’ve had to endure have also been some of the greatest lessons.
My teacher once told me that you learn far more from your failures than you do from your successes. Though I don’t strive for failure, I strive to learn in any way I can. I’ve learned that you can’t live your entire life moping over your failures, so at one point or another, it’s really up to you to move on and just let go or continue to beat yourself everyday for the mistakes that you made. Once you actually step back and take several moments to look around you for all that you have, you will most likely change your perspective on some of the greatest blessings surrounding you. I have met some of the most incredible people throughout my entire high school career, some of them being extremely passionate and helpful teachers, others being the most fun-loving, sweet and caring group of friends and peers.
People could probably say that about their own group of friends, but until you are surrounded by such a truly incredible group of individuals, it’s hard to actually understand the depth of love and respect I have for them. And deep down in my heart, there’s always a fear that time will change our friendship and we start to grow apart, but I am already so content knowing that at one point in my life, these people meant extremely much and have shaped me into the person I am today.
My family and friends have continued to stand by me when I thought I was too weak and couldn’t do it on my own and have also encouraged me to pursue the things that I am most passionate about. And with all sincerity, I know that I will always care deeply for these people I have spent some of the best times with regardless of how our friendship changes in 50 years. To the parents, teachers, students, friends, coaches, classes, failures, relationships and individuals that I have encountered throughout these last years, thank you for teaching me to embrace my talents, view the world with an open mind, pursue my passions, treat others with compassion and just helping me to see the importance of all the great things I have in my life. To the class of 2013, congratulations and good luck as we embark on a new journey!
Good childhood friends.
My lovies, my favorite people in the entire world for getting through high school with me and never failing to make me laugh. (Picture c/o S. Fajardo)
Thank you for teaching me to find the simple joys in life. (Picture c/o D. Lee)
Thank you for showing me to the beauty of true friendships. (Picture c/o S. Fajardo)
Thank you for helping me to nurture my self-love and walking beside me throughout my journey. (Picture c/o D. Lee)
And thank you for showing me what best friends are made of.
“Just because you fail once, it doesn’t mean you’re going to fail at everything, keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself because you don’t, then who will? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about” ~Marilyn Monroe
Have a beautiful day ♥