By Karli Olsen — Spirit Lake High School
Reality is starting to hit. I have been trying to fully grasp the situation at hand and, to be honest, I definitely have not done that yet.
Today brought a wave of sadness with a bit of hope. Our teachers and administrators dropped off our caps and gowns at our houses. As I stared at the package, I was filled with all these thoughts and emotions about what I should be doing, and how much fun I should be having making all these memories with my friends.
Along with the black gown and red stole came a letter we wrote at the end of freshman year to our senior self at the time of graduation. That letter brought so many emotions. It reminded me of some good memories, helped me realize the amazing friends I have had through school, it wished me good luck, brought some sadness as it talked about all the “lasts” we were supposed to be experiencing, and it even gave me some advice.
I decided to share a couple of the parts that I felt I needed the most in my life right now.
First, my freshman letter started, “Life is a gift, not something that is a given, so enjoy every second while you're here.” I still agree with parts of this statement. To me, life is a gift, but it is also given to us by God. I now realize the importance of soaking up every second of life and not taking things for granted.
The second part of the letter that really resonated with me was about trusting in the Lord and giving my worries to Him. In these uncertain times we have to remember that He has a plan for us all. Before signing off of my letter, I ended it with this “Jeremiah 29:11” and even though I knew what that verse says, after reading the letter, I went to the Bible just to read those words of reassurance that the Lord declares that He has a plan for you and me both, a plan to give us hope and a future.