It’s a vicious cycle of wanting to fit in… wanting to stand out. Those arbitrary “rules of society” may try to force conformity, but you are a warrior. Just because you are shy about raising your hand in class doesn’t mean you don’t have ideas worthy of sharing. Your individuality may be temporarily stunned, but the spark is ignited. Your authenticity will shine through.
The notion of being “cool” may be tempting but the perception of what makes someone “cool” during middle and high school is overrated. Checking off an assignment on your to-do list days before it’s due is way cooler than stressing last minute. The television and other distractions can wait. Your education should not.
All those years of studying will be worth it. Your diligence will be recognized. You have earned every A+ because you worked for it. The sleep-deprived days filled with school, extracurriculars and homework challenged you, but ultimately taught you time-management and the importance of prioritizing sleep. Perseverance is trend-setting. Hard work is trend-setting. Dedication is trend-setting.
Appreciate the positive in each day. It might be overwhelming right now but be grateful for the opportunity to be busy. You are becoming stronger. You’re not supposed to know all the answers right now. Life is a constant learning experience. Stay focused on creating a fulfilling life but remember to live.