I graduated from high school years ago. It was long enough ago that people should see it as the distant past and not something still haunting their present life. Now, tonight was another night, in which former classmates came up in conversation. It took me quite a bit of time to actually place them in my memory bank. And when I did, I had little understanding as to why they are still so mad.
In high school, I skipped my junior year and became a senior. I suppose, in most schools, this is completely normal behaviour. In my school, it was something never done. I had the option of doing my senior year at a college, but I didn’t want this. I wanted to sever my ties completely. I asked for permission to graduate with the class ahead of me, the same class I studied with in advanced science and math courses. I didn’t perform any sexual services or offer monetary rewards for this priviledge. You know what I did? I worked. I worked very hard to take all the classes needed and did every thing I could to excel. My academic success was my token out of that bucolic town.
So here we are so many years later and I’m still getting “memos” (if you will) from former classmates. See, they somehow think it’s unfair that through hardwork and good grades, I managed to be the valedictorian of the class ahead of me. I worked for that. I dreamed of that and I made it happen. To the people who are still pissed off- GET OVER IT! Life is too short. Focus that energy on making your own life pleasant and following your own dreams. Utilize some of that angst towards positivity and completing your own goals. I felt shameful and excessively modest about receiving something I worked for. That’s the only regret I have.
And you know what else? I graduated college two years ahead of schedule. I was 19. And not one of my peers complained because I did it by my own drive and determination. I wish I had the same capacity to care less when I was 16.
Jealousy is a wasted emotion.