Now that I am a senior at the end of my senior year, I realize that some things are true. I'm sure you all know the older generation (if not, go home and talk to your parents), and I'm sure that they've all told you that you should relish high school and you just kind of stared at them like they used to smoke pot.
I've come to realize that, hey, those guys were right. I look around and see friends who, after graduating, I probably won't see ever again. I see things that I should've done better and things I'll miss. I look around and I remember the day I stuck a Nerf dart to my forehead and ran around the lunchroom screaming, "I've been hit!" before finally falling down in the middle of the floor and just lying there. I remember going to Chicago and New York with the band. I remember math, back when I had math class, and I realized that I liked math class. (Yes, I said I actually liked math class).
And you wonder why your parents tell you to enjoy it. Well, here's why: You only get to do it once!
At the end of your life you don't want to look back and see things you should've done differently, but instead see things you're glad you did. You can't change the card you're dealt, so shut up and play the game. If you're terminal, don't be depressed (I know it might be hard) but instead, enjoy life. Live every day as if it were your last.
God gave you this life to live for Him, so don't waste it. That would be an insult to God, by refusing His gift to you. Living your life for God does not mean your life has to be boring. God might like football or video games, so take Him with you wherever you go.
I look around and see things I wanted to do, but didn't, people I wanted to meet, but didn't. I understand what the older generation was talking about.
James Dibling will graduate Saturday from Greenbrier High School.
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