As high school progresses, so do people. Kids develop new interests, new friends, new loves, and they change like the weather. By junior year, most people have matured into the person they will be for the rest of their life. My junior year cannot be described in one word, but rather a phrase, to “live and let live”.
This phrase was always said to me by my mom and I never quit understood what she meant by it so didn’t pay much attention to it. But something was different this school year, I felt stranded. I tried to hang on to the friends I had since freshman year even though we were changing and developing into completely different people. I knew I was changing but it seemed like my friends were changing for the wrong reasons which frustrated me. I still have some of friends I have always had but I have gotten closer to new friends. I have realized that it is okay to change and let people go because everyone grows in new directions. I have also realized that sometimes it is harder to hang on to something that is over than to let it go and appreciate what has been.
The phrase “live and let live” has a new meaning to me. I came to the understanding that I should live my life how I want and do what is best for me but appreciate everyone’s differences at the same time. Judging other people only hurts them and everyone should accept people for who they are.
“When you’re little, nighttime is scary. Because there are monsters hiding right under the bed. When you get older, the monsters are different. Self-doubt, loneliness, regret. And though you may be older and wiser, you still find yourself scared of the dark.”—