Dear High School Misfit

LLP: This author provides motivational words to bring comfort to those who feel “different” in high school.

Hey you!

Yes, you!

I know what you’re going through. High school isn’t easy. I was once the student who didn’t “fit in,” a misfit. Friends were few and far between. Some people claim that high school was the best years of their life.

Take heart and know that there are better things coming. The world is waiting. You have to go out and conquer it. You are going to do great things. There are endless opportunities in the real world. Whether you choose to go to college, study a trade, serve for our country (if this is you, THANK YOU!), or go straight into the workforce, stay true to yourself.

Don’t worry about what the “cool” thing is to do. Follow your heart and chase your dreams. If you don’t agree with it, don’t do it. If it could impact your future in a negative way, stay away from it. Don’t live your life with regret either. It’s a delicate balance. There is a difference in having fun and living a life of destruction. The memories that stand out aren’t the nights you stayed at home and watched Netflix. Go do something fun, within reason of course. The people who stay out and party all night will look back on it with regret and sorrow in the future. Those are choices they have to live with the rest of their lives.

It’s okay to have a good time without breaking any rules.

Most importantly, don’t let anyone or anything define you. There is not another person on this planet exactly like you! Don’t wish your life away. Success opens the door to happiness.


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