easy A

When you’re living the best days of you life, you’ll know it.  I remember feeling anxious in high school whenever someone announced that ‘it doesn’t get better than this’ and ‘you’ll always remember these moments.’

During high school, I made happy memories with friends that I still call/text/snap-chat on a daily basis.  But, to be honest, those four years don’t come close to being the best time of my life.  And you know what?  Neither does college or graduate school.
I’ve packed a lot of exploring and loving and learning and suffering into my short life.  I’ve met amazing people, had wonderful adventures, and got myself into quite a few tricky situations.

The best part about all of those experiences, however, is that they combine to create an incredibly meaningful present.  I look back at high school and college and the years before and after, and I’m thankful for the memories and the lessons and the people that got me to where I am today.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to write something similar in another 25 years.  Isn’t it a happy thought that the best days of our lives haven’t happened yet?
Can I be honest and tell you that I didn’t intend to blog about anything written above?  I was a volunteer judge for ‘Odyssey of the Mind’ this weekend, and the competition got me thinking how much I wished creativity conferences existed while I was in high school.   My post was going to be about the need for creativity in schools and how we should push for programs that support imagination, but my wandering mind had other ideas.

22 thoughts on “easy A

  1. I was just thinking about this – that one never actually knows when the ‘best years’ are, but I enjoyed high school, I enjoyed university, I enjoyed working, I’m enjoying now… because when I look back and try to enjoy just the memories, it’s too late to really enjoy being in them.

  2. Serendipity at its best if you ask me 😉 A tournament that fosters out of the box and creative thinking provides just that to a volunteer judge of said competition.

    It seems like such a fine and delicate balance. Reflecting on the past, hoping for the future, living in the present. My hunch is that the more time we can focus on the present, the more we will have to reminisce about in the future. Great post 😉

  3. 😉 Your actual post and your intended post each had great values! I remember one of my mom’s friends told me once, “It only gets better because you make it better. If you give up and think the best is behind you, then it is because you choose to let it be.” Very wise words!
    And I agree about the creativity aspect of school. What a great opportunity to be a judge and inspire the children in your community!

  4. Love it! I’m with ya. I loved high school and college, but the present is pretty wonderful! And how fun to judge that competition! What a great way to keep your mind working and those creative juices flowing! 🙂

  5. I’m not sure if I loved high school or college more. I learned a lot about myself in both, and had some great experiences and some…well.. “learning experiences” I’m just not sure I could pick a perfect time. Maybe 4th grade, I really loved fourth grade 🙂

  6. When I was in high school, I would shudder when people said that those were the best days of life – no way! I mean, it was fine…but I have found that each stage of life is a little bit better than the one that preceded it.

  7. This is great. I frequently think back on college (just a couple years ago) and how wonderful it was having so many friends around all the time and how much I miss it. But then I remember how happy I am to actually be married to my best friend. I know where we are living right now and our jobs are not permanent and I know we have so many adventures to come and great days ahead and that is what is really exciting!


  8. I totally agree that high school (or even college) isn’t the best time of your life- at least, I’m hoping it’s not! 🙂 I had an absolute blast, but I would take the confidence + sense of self I’ve felt in my late 20’s to the teenage insecurities anyyyyy day. 🙂


  9. you know I think about this a lots since I have a daughter because I want her to hold on to her imagination and creativity and I want her to always have the ability to dream big and dream endlessly.

  10. HS was OK, but I would never call it the best moments. It was just another stepping stone to get me where I am now, and life just keeps changing and growing!! I would not want to go back to HS! HA!

  11. I agree that high school and college weren’t my best years. I had alot of fun and did alot of crazy things, but I’m much happier where I am now! 🙂

  12. Unfortunately, I’m one of those people who does think that college had some of the best years! I’m confident that there will be more “best” years, but the last few have just felt rough, and I want more stable, happy years to come!

  13. Hello Jen! As someone who has recently graduated from university, I am finding myself getting really worn down by all the pessimism emanating from people about the terribleness of the job market, or how we cannot really hope to lead fulfilling lives without sacrificing our values and earning money first. So thank you for speaking to us about this (from ‘the future’, as it were!). I’ll pocket that and keep it with me for the rest of the day xo

    • it was scary transitioning from college to work, but once it was done, i found that the freedom to live in a city and be near friends and fill my nights and weekends with adventure was greater than anything i could have planned or hoped for. i didn’t get a dream job out of school, but i stuck close to things i was passionate about, and i managed to build a life that feels meaningful and fulfilling (even if not always happy, per se). i’m happy to talk if you have any other questions or worries 🙂

  14. I know what you mean!! I know so many people who talked about how college is the best four years of your life and while it was AWESOME and I loved it, life after is awesome too. And people say that your wedding day is the best day of your life… and it was awesome, but there have been so many amazing days since then! Life today is great. 🙂

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