The Post-High School Curse

High School is a beautiful time in many respects. In high school everything you do is amazing. In high school you are special. In high school you are destined for greatness. You are for all intents and purposes, the greatest thing anyone has every pushed out of their nether regions. You are the chosen one. And then you graduate.

Hey I did that!
Hey I did that!

The thing about High Schoolers is that they are young, stupid and reckless, like Middles Schoolers, but with fewer public erections, so naturally no one expects anything of you. Between video games, alcohol, sex, and drugs, the fact that you would do anything is astonishing. So you hear things like, “You run track AND you got an A in Pre-Algebra?! Your name must be Anakin Skywalker because you are going to bring balance to the force!” Bad Star Wars references aside, people really are impressed by everything you do in High School that isn’t Twitter-related.

All that changes when you leave. Once you get out of High School, suddenly people expect things of you. You’re supposed to start becoming a contributing member of society. Even if you go to college your still expected to do research or do community service, or go to class, unless you go to UGA! Am I right Georgia Tech (I get the feeling we hate them more than they hate us)? Suddenly designing an Unmanned Aerial System to find missing children lost in the woods isn’t interesting, it’s tuesday.

For someone who is no longer in High School I find this incredibly annoying, and I find I get very jealous when I hear people talking about some kid and they inevitably say, “and there only in High School! Isn’t that amazing?!” No it’s not! Anyone can develop a cure for cancer in their free time…err…wait, that was a bad example. But still imagine Jesus, whether you believe in him or not, the story goes that he did some pretty cool stuff, now imagine what would happen if he had the Post-High School curse.

The Bible is exponentially more enjoyable with text bubbles
The Bible is exponentially more enjoyable with text bubbles

So how do you lift the curse? Obviously, Jesus escaped the post-high school curse, not only does he have entire books written about him, he commands entire sections of the bookstore. Well first let me say that, depending on which religious affiliation you belong to, Jesus is either non-existent, or he’s God…so maybe not the best guy to compare yourself to. No the way I see it is you have two options: A) you can either do REALLY amazing stuff, like TED talk level stuff (damn you cancer treating kid! Why didn’t I think of that?!?!?!), or B) you can stop caring what people think about your accomplishments. Because honestly, who cares what Fancy-Pants Worthington down the street thinks, if you’re happy that’s all that really matters.

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