I read this when you first published it. Now I read it again. Crying. Thank you.
wow, we had a parallel highschool experience? just in different countries and timelines…
thank you for this. really thoughtful and just…
I’m very moved right now.
I always tell my teenage son, “these years are NOT the best years of your life”. Life is about discovering and exploring and finally excepting yourself, it is not high school and it is certainly not middle school. It really, truly does get better. Thank you so much for this.
I’d read this comic before, but I can’t believe I didn’t comment on it. I went to a private Jewish high school that was awful and pretty repressive for me (I was too different than anyone else, bullied and had no friends there.)
During my senior year, there was one girl who tried to set up a gay/straight alliance group, which I volunteered to help her with. We were turned down, not only because “there are no gay people” at the school, but because it would be wildly offensive to the super-religious families to accept gay people at this school. And this is in relatively-progressive California at a school that wasn’t affiliated with any one denomination of Judaism.
I was so happy to get out of there, college was fantastic and now I’m in a line of work that I love (even if it’s freelance & the money sucks) with a really awesome boyfriend! Could anyone ask for more?
I remember hearing that all the time growing up. To anyone reading this now, it’s not true. After high school, I spent two incredible years at college getting to know people and getting to know who I was. After that were the years getting kicked around by real life, being out on my own and living my own life, proving that I could make it in the real world. I’ve just finished up five years in the military, making bonds and gaining knowledge that will last for generations, and pushing myself as hard as I could physically. And now I’m out, looking to go back to school and looking for another amazing step. Life grows progressively more awesome year by year after high school.
So don’t let anyone bully you away from your interests. Don’t let them tell you you can’t make a living at your passions, or that you’ll never be good enough. I know rock stars who are on their way to making it big, I know artists who support their family doing what they love, I know generals who love serving their nation and I know monks who go out every day and serve the people they love. Life is out there, and it’s out there for you. It gets SO much better.
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