It's time we stop waiting for the formal invite and become independent thinkers. Don't feel silly, or worse, feel like you should be studying. Take the challenge, take that breather and indulge into spring happiness.
If you are in high school, there is a good chance that you have felt defined by your GPA, ACT scores, numerical averages, test grades, or the number of AP courses you take. You may have felt inferior to a peer whose class rank is above yours.
Look around your school. What do you see? I'll tell you what I see: the need to have the most expensive clothing, newest phone, most expensive car, et cetera. Think about it. Do you find yourself wanting to one-up your friends? Be honest. I know I have at some point in time.
There is no shame in taking the time to be happy. We won't find the future we have in mind if we just stop searching, working, altogether. But if we calm down and look around, we just might find something better.
It is my firmest hope that if I work hard at whatever it is I am doing at the moment and always watch for when opportunity knocks, I will end up somewhere awesome, regardless of whether I'm a nuclear physicist or starving artist.
Take a deep breath. Step back. And relax. Forget it all, even just for an instant -- forget the workload, the exams, the intensive four-year high school plan from your counselor, the classes you're planning to take next semester.
Although holiday time means presents and no school for most American kids, it can also be a stressful time -- particularly in families facing financial challenges, in split or blended families, and in families where a loved one has recently passed away.
Many years ago I happened upon a magical island in the Mediterranean. Not understanding what the families around me were saying, I could only observe their interactions -- faces, movements, joy, laughter -- without the distraction of words.