This is how to run a stick of Chapstick
down the black boxes on your scantron
so the grading machine skips the wrong
answers. This is how to honor roll. Hell,
this is how to National Honor Society.
This is being voted “Most Likely to Marry
for Money” or “Talks the Most, Says the
Least” for senior superlatives. This is
stepping around the kids having panic
attacks in the hallway. This is being the
kid having a panic attack in the hallway.
This is making the A with purple moons
stamped under both eyes. We had to try.
This is telling the ACT supervisor you have
ADHD to get extra time. Today, the average
high school student has the same anxiety
levels as the average 1950’s psychiatric
patient. We know the Pythagorean theorem
by heart, but short-circuit when asked
“How are you?” We don’t know. We don’t
know. That wasn’t on the study guide.
We usually know the answer, but rarely
You have only fallen in love with the idea of him. And I assure you that if you had the chance to peer deep down inside his mind and unravel the depths of his heart, you will only leave disappointed.
That is why you must clear your mind of judgment and allow him to fill in the blanks for you. You’re simply admiring the cover of the book. You don’t know the story yet—you only have ideas of what it may entail. Far beyond what you see lays the chance of pure disappointment and an opportunity at something quite beautiful. Are you willing to take the risk?
But perhaps it is better for you to stay in love with the idea because the idea may be far greater than what reality has in store for you. Then again, what if he is able to surpass what your mind has composed and knocks you right off your feet, falling head over heels? Fulfilling everything and more than what your heart desires.