Sunday, July 19, 2009

10 years

One of my Senior Pics

My 10 year High School reunion was this weekend. I wasn't able to go, but I wanted in on the nostalgia so I went through a bunch of old pictures and uploaded them onto facebook and had some fun reminiscing. (If you didn't get to see them and want to - because lets face it, seeing 10 year old pictures of Holly was at the top of your wish list this year...right? - then by all means friend me on facebook!)

I have thought a lot about how much my life has changed since then, and how much I have changed. I thought about the trials I've endured (and continue to endure) and blessings I've received (and hopefully will continue to receive) and all the roads I've seen inbetween. My life is very different than I thought it would be 10 years post high school, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. If I could somehow go back in time ten years to my giddy self and pass on some advice it would look like this:

Don't worry that you didn't fit in. It won't matter in the long run who you lockered with or which table you sat at in the lunch room. The quality of your character is not measured by the label on your jeans or the stitching on your shoes.

Don't stop running. It will help you keep sane and healthy in the years to come. Running will provide a solace in stormy weather. Keeping the habit will be easier than rebuilding it.

Hold fast to the friends you have, good friendships take work but are worth all the effort. The heartbreak of losing a friend is not easily healed.

When the road in life gets rocky, remember that nothing great comes without sacrifice. If it is easy, it isn't worth it.

I'm on the red carpet, in a red robe, smack dab in the middle...curtseying


Chels said...

I can't beleive it's been 10 years already. Is some ways it's gone by super fast and in other it's been a LONG time coming, don't you think? Congrats on the big 10!

Lori said...

awwwww high school. i liked the letter to yourself. i believe mine would read very similar.

Anonymous said...

I think all high school students should read your letter!

Amanda said...

Oh I love the pictures, and I LOVE that you curtsied.
I agree that every high school student should have to read that letter. Maybe even recite it every morning.