29.10.12

Matt | Senior Portraits | Letter To High School Students

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A Quick Note To High School Students,

Your life is so much stupid, delicious, brilliant fun.   Have so much fun.  With whatever you have fun doing.  You are old enough, and real enough, to understand pain and to have worthy questions (then again, three-year-olds have splendid questions, too) and to be very, very confused.  But mostly, kids, your life is so much fun.  Some of you are lollipops - sweet and colorful and fairly simple and very hard to break.  Some of you are like bubble gum - constantly changing and easily popped and a little broken and very good.  Some of you are like dark chocolate - feeling a little too old for "this" and not sure where you fit with all these tart sweets and, well, mature beyond your years and ready to be done with high-school.  Some of you are Nerds, AirHeads and a very sour bear.  But, you're all candy... which is fantastic.  ("Um, dark chocolate is not candy."  I know, I know.)

Here's a quick thought for you: even if you're very mature, you're still only in high school.  So savor being a high-schooler.   I know, I know, I know... everyone tells you to enjoy it now! It goes by so fast!   Be content!  But be responsible!  The reality is that you're doing these fun little grown-up things like driving around town, figuring out your passions and personality, making a little bit of money and you're also doing so many little kid things like wearing braces, taking tests and not doing all your own paperwork for life (no really, go kiss your mother RIGHT NOW for all the insurance and social security and financial and tax forms she takes care of for you.)

Have fun.  And chill out.  And do what's fun to you.  Chill-ly.  If you just like to curl up alone and read - go for it.  Someday you're going to have to support yourself and pay bills and you won't be able to read this much.  Or if you're really social, go to all the concerts and all the games and all the outings.  And spend an hour or two getting ready, because you can.  Oh, I know.  You'll tell me you're so busy with homework. SO BUSY.  Figure out how to chill out, now.   But, if you really love school and learning and doing homework, and that's fun to you - go for it, kid.  Just make sure you're best friends are the zany ones.  This will help you be a balanced person.

Life gets significantly better after high school, but there is also nothing like high school.  Nothing.  And I was home-schooled ;)  Be stupid and silly and safe and fearless and annoying and sharp and wild and free.  You're finishing up kid-hood.  The ante gets higher real soon, and real fast.  The stakes rise.  No matter how mature you are now, you will see a new, deeper, hurt-ier world when you're an adult.  It's just part of growing up.  You have to fight a little harder to be wide-eyed and glowy.   Your schedule isn't predictable.  You don't have "summers-off."  You never get the freedom that you have right now ever again.  Stay up late, and flirt with your crush, and sleep-in, and, well, I don't know how to say it: do what is fun to you.  You're literally free to.  I miss it.  I never want to go to high school ever again, but my heart expands and grows teddy-bear fur when I remember it.  I loved those stupid, delicious, brilliant years.

Happy High School,
A Sentimental Newlywed Adult, Business Woman and High School Graduate
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Congratulations on your senior year, Matt.  Have fun.  

17 comments:

  1. I needed this post so badly right now. I've been feeling stuck in that awkward teenage-I-just-want-to-be-done-with-this-limbo...but this reminded me once again I don't have to have it all figured out now, for gosh sakes. Thought I must confess I will be so very happy when I have school behind me ;) Anyway. Thank you, Kristen. You're the best.

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  2. Convicted. Thank you for writing this to this dark chocolate bar :)

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  3. first of all, I needed this post so very much right now. like, I'm a dark chocolate covered acai berry who's trying to balance business with schoolwork and family and hobbies and blogging and friends and pretty much just life. so good for my heart to be REMINDED to slow down and enjoy these next two years. because good grief, i'm not an in-time person at all. i'm crazy through time -- always looking forward and planning for the next thing, versus being present in this moment (IN this moment. in time. seeee. :) haha). but this has been something that's been on my heart for the past few weeks and i really can't thank you enough for writing about it. thank you, kristen. :) alsooooo...love the portraits! :)

    ps. thank you for not including white chocolate. because everyone knows its not chocolate much less candy.

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  4. love those images. but high school was terrrrrrible and i'm so glad it's done. never ever ever would i want it back and i'd still roll my eyes at someone who told me to enjoy it. hahahaha. #rebel

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  5. Anonymous29.10.12

    Kristen - Where do I view the rest of these? Matt's mom.

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  6. They will all be in a gallery that gets sent to your email (withing four weeks from when we did the shoot!)

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    1. Anonymous29.10.12

      Great! I should hav asked u about ur timelines when u were here. Anxious to see the rest!!!;)

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  7. Oh, Kristen! This post was wonderful! Being a college freshman and still in the wonderment of that first year, I forget how much fun high school really was! And I was home-schooled too! ;) Thanks for reminding this Bubble-gum Pop about the glorious days of high school! :) Those pictures are good too! A good, strong face captured well.

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  8. THANKS. :)

    -a high-school sophomore

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  9. These portraits are stunning, Kristen. And boy, does he have amazing eyes!

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  10. thank you, for being such an encouragement. and, good looking kid.

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  11. Annie Kate30.10.12

    This post totally resonated with me, but I think that's because I'm the dark chocolate homeschooler. I think a lot of my public-schooled friends won't look back on high school with the robust (can I use that word?) utter prosperity that I can, though, because they have more of the bad sides of high school than I do. But I love the way you write, and describe what I'm trying to say in all the ways I can't get it out!

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  12. Kristen, this was amazing. I'm the bubble gum--stuck up in these days and I feel like a different person everyday and so easily changed with life. Somedays I wish I could just forget all this school work and grow up and become just who I am going to be.
    I just need to chill and have a wonderful time not try to grow up too fast. I know I'll miss this.

    Gorgeous pictures, as always!

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  13. High school is a time when we have so much energy, emotion, dreams but not enough means to actually to achieve anything significant for the society yet. But it's one time of people's lives that they look forward to.

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  14. yes. YES. the moment i read the first few words, i knew i was going to love myself for reading this...and you for writing it. thank you so much for these encouraging words. i only have a couple more years left of highschool, and i want to make the most of them. thank you.

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  15. Beautiful post! I'll try my best to enjoy these last couple of high school years while they last! :)

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