My wittle baby brother graduated from high school last week. Which scares me for two reasons:
1) He's practically old now.
2) I'm really old seeing as I graduated a few years ago.
High school was not the best time in the world for me. Looking back, I realise that I was the archetypal high school student. I wasn't really sure who I was, who my friends were or what I wanted to do with my life. I couldn't understand why I was so different from everyone else and felt so alone in my problems. I couldn't see that beauty comes in many shapes and forms, and that it's okay to do your own thing.
Leaving high school (and dating my incredible man-friend) allowed me to develop as a person and to have faith in myself. By leaving the little bubble that high school is, I was able to trust my judgments and to see things anew.
I was saying to Justin the other day that if I could do high school over and again, but as I am now, I would enjoy it so much more. By leaving and gaining an understanding of who I am (and everything that entails), I think I would have the confidence to deal with the world of high school.
I tried to bear all of this in mind as my brother started nearing the end of school. I like to think of myself as the voice of reason in this house and I was constantly trying to stress to him the importance of being yourself. I think he has left there with better memories than I did and I am so happy for that. Many people wished him goodbye and good luck and it was so sweet to watch. They all hold him in such high regard and I think that's because he can't hide his kind spirit.
He is the sweetest of kids, just trying to find his way. He has a good heart and is very loyal to his friends. He's smart too, and knows his strengths and weaknesses.
I wish him the very best of luck in his final exams, and know that whatever path he chooses next year will be the right path for him.
By the way, the kid got like four awards. He also came first in Business Studies, beating me! (I came in measly second by ONE mark!!) Congratulations buddy, you're going to smash your finals!