I choose high school. I was making my own money and I had no bills. The friends I had were the greatest I’d ever find and I had minimal responsibility. If I could go back to any time in my life, I’d choose high school.
For the life of me I couldn’t understand why some of the girls in my school didn’t get along. I went to an all girl high school and loved every minute of it. I saw guys on the way to school, guys on the way home from school, and guys in pretty much every situation not involving school. I was cool with not seeing them for the seven or so hours I was confined to that building. Like I said, the friends I had were the best. We got along just fine. I was Ms. Congeniality. I always had a smile on my face, I spoke to everyone in my class and plenty of girls in other years and I was very active in extra curricular activities. I can easily say, I recall those years being the most carefree of my 26 years. I was a cool nerd. I was in all honor classes, and by the second half of my freshman year, I’d gotten over carrying all of my books home to do homework lol; I’d mastered the art of doing homework in school. I got great grades and stayed out of trouble. I hung out on the Ave (for you non NYC heads, it’s a really popular and busy area of Queens, NY that’s pretty damn hood but has everything a young urbanite can need. I can count the number of times I’ve been back there since high school. Glad I grew out of that) and the surrounding apartment complexes with my boyfriend. When I wasn’t there, at school or at dance school, I was at work. Pretty damn well balanced. Minus the probably two or three break ups of my high school years and school work, I was care free.
In elementary school, I got made fun of because I got really good grades and my mom worked at the school I attended. My classmates (to this day, some of them are my closest friends ironically enough lol) used to tease me and say that my mom paid for me to get the grades I did. **insert blank stare here** None of them, of course, wanted to hear that my moms ain’t play that sh!t and that the reason I got such good grades was because school wasn’t just a priority, it was THE priority. We didn’t run around and play and watch T.V. after we got home from school. We did our homework and studied until it was time for dinner, then took our asses to bed. That’s why my ass was so damn smart. I didn’t do sh!t else but school (and dance on Saturdays)! Thanks, Mama. My kids will know the same life.
In college, I had WAY more freedom. I also remember there being way more stress. I was still making my own money and had no bills. Hell, I even had a car. But friendships just weren’t the same, relationships with guys were more stressful and school was a bigger deal (I was paying for it this time around, not just my parents). I had responsibilities. There was more temptation and less of a reason not to give into it. I didn’t live at home (I stayed on campus for three years, and commuted for my senior year) and I was in complete and total control of what I did and didn’t do outside of work. I did a lot of dumb stuff, a lot of fun stuff, and learned a lot of things that I will never forget.
Overall, I’d have to say that my high school years were my best years. I had just enough freedom to have fun, but still not enough to get into any fuckshit. Sorry, but that’s just really the best way to describe it, and it’s really just what I’d say in real life lol. If you’re smart, in high school, you know enough to know that you know, but also that what you know, ain’t really all you need to know.
What part of your life would you go back and repeat? I know there are a few of you who wouldn’t take a second look back to ANY part of your lives, but for the sake of entertainment, when can you say you were the most carefree? Being that I loved high school so much, what were your high school experiences like?