“So much history in my head
the people I’ve left
the ones that I’ve kept”
High school taught me that not everybody will follow you to the ends of the earth
some will be disappointed in everything you grow to be
some will envy it
others will adore it.
The empty spaces that were once filled with body heat and laughs now belong only to memories
memories that you once bathed in will now be shallow waters, to shallow to step into
some will be the ocean
pulling you out to sea, drowning you
its strong hands wrapped around your ankle
only to bring you back to the surface
because killing you all at once would be too easy.
If high school taught me anything
it’s that time will always fly too quickly
even when it feels like 2:30 couldn’t come fast enough.
Time will always be too fast
too soon, over.
It taught me that people will leave
and sometimes its going to hurt
but to always remember that your mom loves you
even when none of your friends do.
It taught me that good grades aren’t the most important things in the world
that skipping first period quickly turns into skipping all seven periods
and not regretting it even with the pile of homework the next day
it taught me to not be so scared of people
because odds are, they are scared of you too.
It taught me that the world does not hold hate, it lacks love
and loving the bitter people in this world is the only way to make anything better
It taught me the grace of God’s love
and that i probably couldn’t have made it through without a prayer or two.
Stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance
say a prayer during the Moment of Silence
write that five-page essay even if you end up repeating the same basic paragraph on every page
no one cares about the F on your math quiz
in five years
you will not be judged by your grades
you will be watched for the history that follows behind you
a soft whisper
or a dark shadow
Nobody will remember you for the bad haircut you got freshman year
they’ll remember you for how you treated the freshman that bumped into you senior year
those are the moments that count
those are the moments you’ll remember.