Time flies by, spend it wisely

As I enter the second half of my senior year, I am able to reflect on not only my high school experience, but my childhood as a whole. With college looming over me, I cannot help but worry about leaving my family to study in an entirely new place. Sure, a change in scenery will be nice, but saying goodbye to my childhood? That’s a whole other story.

I have been truly lucky throughout my childhood. My mother and father are happily married, and I have two awesome younger brothers that I can joke around with; not to mention, I have a furry sixth member of my family: my dog, Scout.

I took all this for granted throughout the majority of my childhood, never really putting any thought into everything that I have going for me, and how lucky I am to have all this. 

However, in roughly 8 months when I embark to further my education in college, everything I have will be different. My family and friends will still exist, but I won’t be able to be with them daily. Sure, FaceTime will still let me “see” my family, but being with them in person is far superior. 

I most recently thought about this during the holiday season. I realized that this Christmas would be the last Christmas in which I am a kid living at home with my parents. Growing up can really sneak up on you. I remember my eighth grade “promotion”, when I believed that high school graduation, college and the adult life was so far away, yet here they all are now, lined up right in front of me. 

I know that everything I’ve done throughout my childhood and the lessons I’ve been taught have all led up to this point, but I am terrified to leave behind the routine that has been established as I’ve grown up. Despite my concerns, I am aware that independence is necessary, and I cannot live my entire life within the confines of my family. Until I leave for college I am going to savor the remainder of the time I have left with my family and friends.

For those of you who think graduation is far away, it is coming faster than you think. Before you know it, you’ll be sitting among your peers with your graduation cap wondering how time went by so fast. Adulthood will be liberating, but childhood is a finite period of everyone’s life that should be cherished before it’s gone.

 

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