Take the risks and stop worrying

A bucket-list for seniors in their last semester

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Story by Langley Leverett, editor in chief

In this transitional time of making decisions, it’s easy to fall into a cycle of what’s easiest and most comfortable. Below I have compiled the world’s most cheesiest life advice for a graduating senior, but hang in there because there are important morsels of truth hidden among the stacks. (And this is not a 2018 resolution. That would be so much worse.)

Take risks. You have approximately eight months to do that one stupid thing you have always dreamed of doing, but never had the courage to complete. Swallow your fears and jump.

Get rid of negativity. Whether it’s a relationship, a job, or a class– it doesn’t matter. If it is genuinely something that controls your mind and doesn’t produce benefits, drop it. Drop it now and don’t hold back with the honesty.

Focus on today. Wake up, make your bed, say your prayers and be thankful for another day on this beautiful green and blue ball. Don’t worry about living on your own, don’t let anxiety ruin the present joy that is available. Put it down, and live for today.

Tell your parents you love them, that you appreciate them. Or your friends, or anybody that you consider to be your family. Family is more than just blood, it’s the people that make living worthwhile. Let them know they are important to you.

Form a good habit. This can be journaling, exercising, eating healthy, artistic expression– anything. As long as it is productive for your spirit and body, invest in proactive routine, you will be thankful to see growth and organization.

In the troubling midst of senioritis, life can become repetitive and has the extraordinary ability to make you restless. So when those feelings start to creep in, be the change you wish to see.”

— Langley Leverett

Refer to number four, but add in your siblings. If you have siblings, take the time to mention that you are only a phone call away. Sometimes not having that older companion can be rough.

Go hard on this last semester. It’s high school. It sucks. It always has and always will, but try to finish strong. You will be glad afterwards; when May 26 comes, you will leave school knowing that you truly did give it your best effort.

If you are able, get that tattoo or that piercing. Dye your hair. Decorate your room, make new wall art. In the troubling midst of senioritis, life can become repetitive and has the extraordinary ability to make you restless. So when those feelings start to creep in, be the change you wish to see.

Live worry free. Whether you are going to college, a trade school, or even straight to your career, don’t stress about it. Don’t panic over the money, the bills or whether or not you will make it, get married at 25 and have children by 27. Do not do that to yourself. We both know planning dinner is hard enough. So, refer to number three, and live for today. Make those goals, stick to those plans and live for today.

Branch out. Listen to some good music and make some new friends. Surround yourself with people who will encourage you and challenge you, and remember coffee is your best friend.