Senior Superlatives Mean Super-Nothing To Me

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Cheyenna Snyder

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Ever heard of the voting for “Class Flirt?” Best Hair? Best Eyes? Most likely to succeed? Or even Prettiest Smile?  These are traditional yearbook categories they call “Senior Superlatives.” 

Maybe you have seen the flyers (pictured) in the halls, but what if that isn’t you?

I’m here to tell you that’s okay. Because honestly I will never be one of those people either.

You might feel disincluded, not enough, depressed that you don’t fit in with the popular, or some of you might not care.

Well I’m here to tell you, you do matter and you don’t need popularity or to be voted most likely to succeed to get somewhere in life.

Look at Rihanna, Chris Rock, Tom Cruise, and Barack Obama–who were all bullied in school but that didn’t stop them from making something out of themselves.

Ever heard of the guy who peaked in high school? He does so well, had the nicest car, captain of some sport and throws the best parties and knows all right people.

Then in college it gets hard because high school for him was the best years of his life and everything was great now things aren’t going his way. He starts failing classes, his sport he used to excel in, now he’s barely making cuts. He’s drinking more partying harder making his life worse.

Life is tough and sometimes you just have to push through.

And sometimes it doesn’t have to  go to the  extreme you may know a person that just graduated and Is still hanging around at high school parties.

Or you might even know an adult who hangs out with kids the same age of his own kids and helps them work out or coach. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with coaching a team or working out but I just think that’s if I was an adult it be boring to hang with teenagers all the time. [Ed. note: yeah, that’s why they pay us.]

It’s true that these years in high school are going to define you in some ways. You’ll realize who your real friends are and who will kick you when you’re down–sometimes the hard way.

You won’t walk out the doors senior year with the same people you first walked in with. That’s okay though, because that means you grew, and you got rid of all the negativity in your life and are doing better without it.

It’s okay to have a lot friends. It’s okay to only have two. It’s okay to be popular and it’s okay to be nerdy. But what’s not okay is pretending to be something you’re not.

Because you’ll never truly be happy if you aren’t fully yourself.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be in twenty years sipping a cold drink enjoying a nice book on a beach somewhere then hanging around a school I was stuck in for four year. There’s nothing wrong with remembering your roots, but you shouldn’t live your life stuck in them.

Just sayin.