Mar 25, 2013

My So-Called Teenage Life bloghop




For this bloghop - courtesy of Amy Sonnichsen, et al. - I'm sharing an excerpt from my senior year diary. There were a lot of funny entries that year but this one made me proud of my then 18-year old self. I wrote it in April, just after discovering I didn't get the financial aid I needed to go to my #1 college choice. I was bummed and feeling like a loser and a nobody because my grades and athletic ability weren't good enough to get me what I wanted.

 God has  some kind of plan - I'm positive! He's just not going about it real obviously. PATIENCE! And as far as being a nobody: you don't have to shine but your heart can be right and it can shine! When I die, I don't want people to say "she was a great runner or smart, etc." (well, maybe a little) but say "she knew how to brighten my day. She was nice to everyone." Idealistic, I know but that's what counts. Not medals or scholarships or awards. Because your heart is what will be judged. Remember this, Mel. Great sermon, by the way. (applause) Thanks. *bows*

All these years later and I'm still telling myself this same thing...and self-applauding every time. :) Fingers crossed it'll sink in!


9 comments:

Robin said...

Yes, I keep telling myself those same things. Maybe if I add the applauding it will permanently sink in:D You were very positive at 18-and the picture is super fun.

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Melissa Sarno said...

Aw! This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your sunny heart which, clearly, hasn't changed : )

Suzi said...

Wow, the teenage you was smart. Think of how many people don't realize that and they're in their thirties... forties....

Patience is so hard. And not just for kids.

Amy L. Sonnichsen said...

Yes to this. All of it! Part of our sermon at church yesterday was about how God has a better plan when it feels like He's giving us mixed messages. Case in point: getting INTO a school, but not having the financial aid necessary to go to that school. I love your faith AND how you already had a clue what was more important in life. Good stuff. <3

Andrea said...

Fabulous! You caught on so young.

Janet Johnson said...

Impressive you had the sense enough to lecture yourself like that! A lecture I could use, too. :)

Marianne said...

You were a wise child! Me? I just wanted a Swatch Watch.

Rebecca Green Gasper said...

I love it! :) Very nice, very wise. I just used flowers as metaphors that never really made sense :)