I remember when I graduated from high school someone said to me, “Chelsea, remember your high school days well, because they will be the best days of your life.”
As I walked, in cap and gown, to receive my high school diploma I suddenly realized something: high school wasn’t that great. Sure, I had awesome friends, and was involved in quite a few extra circular activities, but I also felt awkward a lot. Freshman year through junior year I still had yet to find out who the real Chelsea was. Surely, high school would not be the highlight of my life.
Several months later, I received the same admonition as I entered University. “Don’t waste a moment. These will be the best days of your life.”
For the most part, college life has been alright. I’ve met a lot of cool people, and have taken classes that have allowed me to have a deeper perspective on life . . . but boyfriend drama, roommate drama, scheduling drama and other drama all made appearances frequently throughout most any semester. Would I classify my college years as “the best of my life”? Hmmm. I hope not.
A few years later, as I prepared to marry my husband, I was once again encouraged, “Try to soak up every detail of today—because, really, today will be the best day of your life.”
Everyone says, “My wedding day was perfect.” You know what? Mine was, too. I mean, come on . . . first you get tangible assurance that you’ll be with your very best friend forever, and then you get to go to parties celebrating how awesome you are. And then a vacation? All in one day? Holy guacamole. Soooo good!
But really, I hate the thought of thinking that I’ve peaked so early in life. My wedding day was beautiful, yes. But was it the best day of my life? Maybe not. Each day that has proceeded that blessed day has one-uped the last. I’ve tried to make my todays happier then my yesterdays.
Maybe we cannot define what our best days will be. Perhaps we are too young, at any age, to do so. My admonition to you? Make today a day you will remember. And do the same tomorrow. And the day after that. Because seriously—who wants to have their high school days be the pinnacle of their life?