Ode to Obby
By Abby Rollinger
Alright, calm down. I know it seems bad right now. . . that first week of high school was tough. But just hang in there, and trust me when I say that it gets so much better from here on out.
Over the next four years, you’re going to face a lot of ups and downs. When things are good, they are great. You’ll make some of your best memories in high school. However, things aren’t always going to be easy. Hardships are going to hit you from time to time and tragedies that you never thought would occur in your own life are going to try and knock you down, but stay strong. Stand tall. Push past them, because I know you can. Make sure to focus on the positive in every situation. Never stop looking for that silver lining. Your insecurities and struggles are going to try and take over- but don’t let them. Let your confidence grow and shine through any darkness that tries to consume you.
One thing I wish you would learn quicker is to try in school. Whenever you decide to apply yourself, you’re going to go from barely making second honors to being securing a spot on the first honor roll almost every single quarter. And it feels really great to be able to say that.
Now, out of all the things that happen during high school, the people you meet are going to impact you the most. The friends you’re about to make within the next week or two are going to stick with you for most of high school. From Harry Potter movie marathons to camping-induced concussions, these girls are going to share in your happy times as well as your struggles. They are going to be there for you when you need them and you’re going to swear that you’ll all be friends forever. You guys are going to have rough patches, though, and will unfortunately go your separate ways in the beginning of your junior year, but just know that they will be some of the best friends you will ever have. You won’t want to trade the memories you made with them for the world. Please, cherish them. Appreciate their friendships while they last. And, don’t worry, you make new friends. However, the relationships you develop with these people are going to be completely different than the ones you had before. Half of them you’ll meet through your boyfriend (yes, you finally got one of those) and the others you’ll grow close with through Kairos. I know you don’t really know what that is yet, and I don’t want to give away too much, but just know that this event will change your life for the better when you need it the most. Anyway, your friends- they’re amazing. The girls you bond with on Karios will be the most accepting people you’ve ever met in your entire life, and you’ll be able to trust them entirely. You know that one girl you’ve always wanted to be friends with but never really got the opportunity to get to know? Well you’ll finally get the chance on Kairos! Want to know another weird coincidence? The boyfriend I mentioned earlier, yeah, his group of friends hangs out with her. So guess what happens next? You start slowly but surely hangout with that group of people and, before you know it, you’re going to be able to call them your friends, too. This group is going to suit you so well, Abby, and you’re going to be really happy. I promise. Try to hang on to these guys, okay?
You’re going to surprise yourself. You’re going to accomplish things you never thought you’d be able to do or even wanted to participate in. But you’re going to do them. And you’re going to be proud of yourself for it. You’re going to leave high school with very few regrets. The only things you’d even consider changing would be trying hard in school all four years instead of just the last two, branching out to more people sooner and leaving a few past relationships with loose ends.
More is going to change over these four years than just your hair. You’re going to grow-up and start becoming that person you’ve always wanted to be; someone you’re finally proud of being.
So hang in there kid, because one day you’ll find yourself alone at Mrs. Hollenbach’s house writing this letter while eating chocolate chip cookies, waiting for your boyfriend to get home and, let me tell you, you’ve never been happier.