High school is an… interesting time in everyone’s life. It’s pretty much the same for everyone. You’ve got a little more acne than you did a couple years ago, you hate about half the people you see everyday, and you routinely think “Why am I even learning this?” or “When will I ever use this?” and “Why am I even here?”. Sound familiar?

I used to wonder those same things too.

Side note: My face also used to resemble a cross between a minor case of chicken pox and a rash but that’s beside the point.

At some point, I used to think that high school was sort of a waste of time. As soon as I decided what I wanted to do with my life (roughly), I realized that high school didn’t have much to offer me other than an Intro to Ceramics class and a daily slice of greasy Sardella’s pizza and a 12 oz. styrofoam cup of soda.

After graduating, I reflected on my time in high school and realize how much I changed and came to the conclusion that high school isn’t just a time to eat crappy school food and take classes you don’t care for- it’s the period in everyone’s life when they grow.

When they discover themselves.

Or so I thought.

Today I decided to take advantage of my academic advisor’s walk-in hours, and decided to pay her a visit. For the sake of privacy, I’ll refer to her as Tina.

Lately I’ve been stressing out about my plan for the next 3 and a half years of college; double majors, internships, jobs, honors credits, honors thesis, credits, summer classes, the whole shebang. I came to my Tina asking her questions and telling her about everything I have planned for my college career. After about 10 minutes of listening to my cornucopia of ideas and worries, she stopped me and told me something I really needed to hear.

There’s still time.

I have time.

Tina reminded my that I’m in only my 2nd semester of college, and that I have time left to explore everything college has to offer me. She encouraged me to try new things, find my interests, and take a few classes just out of curiosity. In a genuine tone, Tina told me “We reinvent ourselves at least 5 times in our lives. Don’t feel like you have to stay who you are right now forever. At least 5 times in our life, we can look in the mirror, then look back on who we used to be and be stunned by who we became. For now, keep your options open, and don’t feel wrong for changing your major. You’ll never do one thing for the rest of your life, you never know where life will take you”.

Hearing that made me realize something.

Not only do I have time, but for awhile, I thought that high school was a time to discover myself, and that I already knew who I was, who I am, and who I am going to be.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

High school is a time for self-discovery, growth, and adventure.

College is a time for self-discovery, growth, and adventure.

Your 20s is a time for self-discovery, growth, and adventure.

Your 40s is a time for self-discovery, growth, and adventure.

Retirement is a time for self-discovery, growth, and adventure.

Humans are complex creatures. We have the capacity to change constantly. We have the ability to grow indefinitely. We never have to stop finding ourselves. Stagnancy is a choice.

Life is endlessly interesting.

There’s million of things to do, and although I truly do believe that some people have a particular “calling”, just because we’ve reached a certain age, we should never stop attempting to find ourselves.

We should never stop ourselves from seeing what else life has to offer.

Some of us might have more time than others. Some of us might like our comfort zone.

Fair enough.

Regardless, one thing is for sure; age, education level, socioeconomic level, or anything else should never stop you from changing.

Change has no age limit. Change has no degree requirement. Change has no entry fee.

Peace, Love, and Prosperity,

Ethan