There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind

C.S. Lewis

For as long as I can remember I was that typical student who was always looking ahead; I was planning out what outfits to wear for my senior pictures, what kind of adventures I wanted to go on with my friends, and I even had my graduation dress picked out before my junior year of high school had ended. When the time came for me to submit a quote for my senior yearbook, I was lost. I mean, the pressure, right? This quote under my name would be the last thing I would ever put in writing to try and capstone the past 4 years of my life, so it had to be good. It had to be deep, but not too deep because I couldn’t have people thinking I was some sort of wannabe philosopher, and it had to be something that I haven’t seen too many times in previous yearbooks because how lame and cliche would that be? As I was scrolling through Tumblr and tossing out numerous options, I was drawn to the above quote from C.S. Lewis. What better way to end my senior year than on the thought that everything in my life was about to get better than it already was?

Last week I was invited to go back to my high school and talk to some of my former band classmates about my college experience. The first thing I told them was, “everything gets better after high school. This refers to your looks, your friends, your opportunities, absolutely everything,” and I believe this to be true with my whole heart.

It’s been an entire year since I heard my physics teacher announce my name in the football stadium of “The Pasture,” and I can’t help but reflect on everything that has happened since then. I moved over 200 miles away from the only place I’ve ever known as home, successfully completed my first year of college with an exceptional GPA, and improved the relationships I have with my family and friends. I’ve found where my strengths and weaknesses are when it comes to studying and socializing, and I have a much better idea of what I want in my life. I’m finally learning to let go of the negative thoughts and energy that I had once let consume me every single day, and slowly making more of an effort to let positivity and love be at the forefront of my mind. I’m about to move away for the summer and start an internship that will hopefully teach me more about the field I want to work in, and I couldn’t be more excited. At the end of summer, I’ll be going on beach vacations with family and friends, and reconnecting with other special people in my life. I have many moments when I just think about how incredibly blessed I am to have the people in my life that I do, and I am always so, so grateful for them.

It’s really strange to think about how everything that happens to you is part of the grand plan that God has for us and our lives, and to say that things get better is such an understatement. Life is a wonderful gift, and I intend on constantly striving to make it better each and every day.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11, NIV

 

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