Wild Alaskan Salmon

Being a teenager means moving on, letting go, and growing the heck up. It's the truth, you can only be in high school for a so long, but it seems like a lot of people have a hard time letting go of the past. As I've said before, and I'll say it again, you can't move forward if you're still being held back by your past. It's like dating one of those super-dainty high maintenance chicks who carries all her baggage around with her. Look here girlie, we're only going out to dinner, and it's not necessary for you to be sporting your entire wardrobe for just one night out on the town. If you've graduated high school, you need to read this and understand it well. Before you go off to college you need to get yourself out of the petty, overdramatic, everything-is-the-end-of-the-world mindset of high school. You're going out on your own, you have a fresh start, but if you're step in the doorway of college life, with the other left behind in the world of classic high school teenage drama, then let me tell you, you're going to be a mess all over. It's time to be set free like wild Alaskan salmon.

There are three things that I beseech you to accomplish before your summer after senior year (but before college) is over. By this time, almost all the graduation parties are done and over with. You can stop fake smiling and pretending to be friends with people, because frankly you'll most likely never see them again, unless it's in passing. Another thing, if I see you someplace, like the supermarket, the mall or the movie theatre, just because you happened to be in my graduating class does not mean you need to say hello to me. I acknowledge your existence by looking at you, and that's that. We weren't friends in high school and we're not friends now, save the falsehood for someone else, I don't do fake. Now, by this time you need to go on over to facebook and start deleting friends. Yup, actually unfriending people. You go on over to the account button, edit friends, view all, and unfriend people, it's that simple. I've deleted over 300 in the past few days and let me tell you, it feels good. You're looking for people you're not really friends with, as in people you've never actually conversed with in real life, people you don't like, people you were just obligated to be FB friends with for some random reason. If you've got underclassmen as friends, and you don't care about them or to hear about their lives anymore, delete them. Trust me, when you're in college you want to creep on people you remotely have some interest in, as in the teenage alcoholic kid you're waiting to see if joining that fraternity and doing nightly keg stands actually took a toll on his liver, and the ignorant know it all, did he actually make it. This is serious business, don't feel bad about doing it, if they really need to be friends with you, they'll refriend you. If you have more than 1,000 facebook friends you might have a problem. That's absolutely not necessary, you don't know all of those people and having that shat ton of people popping up on your news feed must be ridiculous. Cut down the number, I'm going for like 400, I'm at 687, so I've got a ways to go. Classmates you never really connected with, drop them, there's no need to see or hear about them anymore. The gossip, rumors and drama of high school are over with, their business no longer concerns you. Release yourself and do the wild Alaskan salmon.

Let it be known that the same goes for twitter, do what you gotta do. Now, the second step is letting friendship die. You may be thinking, WTE is this kid talking about. From what I've experienced, this is the summer that true colors really do come out. Everyone stops being fake and starts getting real. People say and do things that just show what kind of person they actually are. The results are for sure surprising, I've been astonished with how amazing some people are and quaked with unbearable moral repugnance and blatant anger at just how gross other people are. It's good to know where you stand with everyone. By now you should know who your friends are. You probably should have two sets, your summer friends (people you hang out with only until school starts) and then your friends for life, the kids you'll be skyping, texting, and meeting up with your college breaks coincide. Everyone else is irrelevant. You can still be cool with people, but it's time to move on. If a friendship isn't going anywhere and you're making the effort but the other person is not, drop it like it's Sun Drop hot. You've made all the friends from high school that you're going to make, time to grow up, move on and get ready to make some new ones in college. I can name on both my hands the people I'm going to be in constant contact with, and that's more than enough for me. It's about time to close the circle of friendship, get real, you can't (and don't want to be) friends with everyone. Hop out of the murky waters of high school and into the crystal clear rivers of college, wild Alaskan salmon style.

Thirdly, you need to start acting like you're grown. It's a weird time for all of us. Look at me, I got my own bank account, and a credit, all because I'm going off to college. Do I know how to use the stuff, not really, but it's a learning process. You don't wake up one day and you're all grown up, but you need to think before you act and realize everything you do has a consequence. I'm talking about there's a difference between getting real and being mean. For example, just because I'm at a party and kids I'm not friends with are there doesn't mean I'm going to walk up to them and let them know that we're not friends. I'll treat them like normal people, even be buddy buddy with them, because at the end of the day, there's no reason for me to attack them or bring them down. No purpose whatsoever. You need to let go of grudges. Think back to all the times someone has wronged you over the years and purge it. It's like baby's throwing up gnarly peas and foul carrots, it's not that hard, it just comes out. Cook whatever you've beef you've got and serve it up. Finish whatever you've started and move on. Let bygones be bygones and all that peace crap. I'm most deff a pacifist, and a wild Alaskan salmon.

Being a teenager is about being true to not only yourself but everyone else. It's about letting people really know who you are. It's about defining your friendships with not only the effort you make towards them but the kind of person you are. It's about getting over it and dealing with it. The hard times are over and it only gets better from here. Lose the chip on your shoulder and embrace young adulthood. We're wild alaskan salmon up in here.

My blog post question for the day is ... what was the worst part of high school? For me, that would be all the staring. Literally all the time, people would stare at me. It was weird, like I was an alien from a extraterrestrial world or something. I'm like a human being, not a science project.


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