March 26, 2014Being a senior, things can get pretty stressful.
College decisions, our senior portfolio, who to ask to our last Sadie Hawkins dance, studying for government, it all just kind of goes by and adds up really fast. Luckily, we get breaks every now and then.
We find an hour or two for a nap, thirty minutes that are used up quickly by social media, an open evening during which we think we can watch a whole season of Awkward. These little stress-free pockets of vacant time are pretty sweet.
I was graced with a few this past week.
The Yellow Deli is one of my absolute favorite places. A green drink is the key to my heart and their Chicken of the Ranch sandwich is the best. So when a pair of friends brought up an impromptu Yellow Deli date after school Thursday, I couldn't turn it down.
Jeni, Brittany, and I ended up staying about three and a half hours munching on chips and sipping back ice cold cream sodas. It was nice, it was grand. We caught up on things other than our English paper and scored one of the girls a date for Sadies.
My second break time was also at the Yellow Deli with my good friend, and Miss Valley Center, April. It was a random pass-by on Sunday night that led to hours of stories and laughs.
For both visits, my friends and I had deep talks.
Deep talks are my favorite and worst kind of talks because you discover more of a person's character and inner being.
We talked stresses other than schoolwork and serious but somehow happy moments. Both instances I was filled with joy during the deep talks because I was with friends I knew I could trust and whom I loved and received an equal love from as well.
Funny thing is, no matter what the stress is of being a senior the stress of having loyal friends is even greater.
I can honestly say I am not friends with the people with whom I started out high school. We've all changed and evolved and, as stated by Ted in last week's How I Met Your Mother, "that's how it goes kids. The friends, neighbors, buddies and partners in crime you love so much when you're young, as the years go by, you just lose touch."
High school helps us find the people we best associate with and the people who will help us through the next chapter of college. Maybe they'll stay longer and maybe not, but we should make it worthwhile while they are in our lives.
I guess that is the best advice I can offer underclassmen and the eighth graders who will be visiting the high school in the coming weeks.
High School is overwhelming and stressful, but it's fun. And it's even better if you have a great set of friends by your side.
So take Yellow Deli breaks, have deep talks, and don't be afraid to lose touch with friends who aren't good for you.
Your high school years are yours, live them to the fullest.