Dear high school seniors,
I wish I could give you back your ABC countdown, prom, and senior ditch day. I wish I could give you one last game under the stadium lights. You were cheated and robbed of some of the best high school moments. The sad truth is that no one can change the position you are in now.
You can be upset, angry, and confused. I am, too. I was robbed of saying goodbye to my sixth grade students. The on-campus job I have worked for over three years came to a halt as my office closed. For months, I had been training to participate in the Illinois Marathon. Come May, I would have walked in graduation and received my diploma with campus honors. How could any words make up for the things we are losing? It’s hard to move on because we were also robbed of closure. Our hearts are breaking at the expense of the world’s health and safety.
But with our loss comes a great opportunity.
We are now responsible for being the change. Our responsibility extends beyond ourselves; we have to take care of one another, support one another, and continue being flexible. We are young and adaptable; we are teachers, engineers, and entrepreneurs. Life may be looking different these days, but the world won’t stop spinning.
Yes, we lost the better half of our senior year. But with our loss comes the gain of an even more exciting future. I’ve been in your shoes, so I can promise you that the next four years will be better than the last, and the years beyond that will be the best of your life.
The truth is that, when this is all over, we will all see our world differently.
No longer will we take for granted a Friday night watching movies with our best friends or walking a mile for a $6 cup of coffee from a local cafe. We will all hug tighter, love harder, and smile more often.
This will not be goodbye to life as we know it. This is see you later.