By Hannah Krisha P. Tongco
Borrowing from the Forrest Gump movie, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You will never know what you are going to get.” This very much describes what high school life is to us, as we recall it. As we reached the various stages in our high school existence, we struggled, anticipated, rejoiced and overcame challenges. This was a period where we were entitled to commit a few mistakes every now and then with just slight consequences as a result. They say that high school is the happiest period in a student’s life and this seems true. This phase opened our awareness to puppy love, true friendship, teenage camaraderie and academic knowledge. We experienced ups and downs and were happy whenever we got through certain trials. However, oftentimes, we lose track of what our life in high school should really be about and that is preparing for our future.
Although it is not wrong to have a good time, high school should not be all about fun and games. We must remember that what we do today will influence what we will become in the future. Though high grades do not guarantee success, knowledge is vital to what our lives will be like. While in this stage of our life, we must begin thinking about what we want to be and start preparing for our transition to college and young adulthood.
To do this we must consider the following:
1. In all our plans and activities, seek God’s blessing. Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” We should always ask for God’s guidance in everything we do because He knows what is best for us and what we must become. We must always recognize that our plans may not be His plans for us.
2. Know your gifts. We should reflect on our strengths and weaknesses, our likes and dislikes, the activities that we do well and those that often come as a disappointment to us, our hobbies and interests, what bores us or makes us happy. Oftentimes, we insist on doing things which we are not good at and end up demoralized. At times, too, we fear experimenting on new things, which sometimes turn out to be our talent. As James 1:15 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights”.
3. Learn to handle failure. Failure is a part of life and is essential to the development of our character. As stated in James 1:2-4, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” It is a sign of maturity to be able to accept and conquer disappointments which come our way.
4. Pursue excellence. We should not practice mediocrity or procrastination. In all we do, we must strive hard to achieve our goals and make sure to do our best. The bible says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men (Colossians3:23)”. Aim high and think big.
5. Never stop trying. Galatians 6:9 declares, “ Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Persistence and patience are virtues which we sometimes overlook, yet these are important in achieving short and long term goals.
Going through high school is preparing for our adulthood and our future and the best way to get ready is by doing your best TODAY. Remember the famous quote from the movie Kung Fu Panda? “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift. That’s why it’s called present.” We cannot change the past, we can only influence what happens in the future by living for today. Let us not waste our precious time. “Be very careful then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making