by Analyn May
By the time you read this, I will have graduated from high school.
The problem is, I already talked about my thoughts on graduation back when I entered my senior year. Therefore, I put off writing this article until the last day possible because it seemed like I’d backed myself into a corner— what was I supposed to talk about if I’d already covered graduation? I couldn’t just discuss something trivial or unrelated for the final column of my very first series. (After all, I can’t continue to call this column “A High Schooler’s POV” when I’m not in high school anymore!) Worst of all, it wasn’t even the only project I had to complete. I’d also put off an important email blast that I’d be sending to all the contacts who have helped me with my screenwriting throughout the year.
Ironically enough, it was thinking about this other task which finally gave me the topic I needed. Thinking about how many people have supported me, not only in my screenwriting dreams, but throughout my whole life… there are a lot who don’t cross my mind very often. Extended family, old babysitters, parents’ friends, teachers and substitutes from every year of school… the list goes on and on. Obviously I owe a lot to my parents and the few people who have been most involved in my life, but there are also an awful lot of people who played smaller parts and still deserve my gratitude.
Now I want you to think about all the people that have touched your life, and how many of them you may not have ever expressed your thanks for. It’d be impossible to thank everyone who’s ever helped you, but maybe someone comes to mind who you could viably make an effort to appreciate. There are just so many people who touch our lives, so many people to be grateful for. And so many of those people go unthanked.
This is a bit shorter than what I normally put out, but I suppose that’s okay. I’ve been going through all my old articles via the Santa Clarita Gazette website, and it seems I prefer my own writing when it’s concise. Besides, I want just a little more space for some on-topic “thank-you”s.
To my mom and dad, who raised me and also happened to bring me into existence:
To the other adults in my life, who put up with my sometimes-difficult personality:
To my close friends, who helped me through the rough spots in my life:
To Mr. Sutton, who gave me a job in a day and age where jobs for teens are hard to find:
And to all of my readers, who give me a reason to write and more praise than I probably deserve:
From the bottom of my heart: for playing a part, big or small, in shaping me into the person I’ve become, thank you. And I hope you’ll continue to stick with me as I continue to grow. Now with all the sentimental stuff out of the way, I’ve got to go write an email blast.
For the last time, this has been… A High Schooler’s Point of View.