”What lesson do you wish you had learned earlier in life?”
He could see the uncertainty on their faces. Maybe this hadn’t been a good question to ask to a group of high school seniors after all. Their teacher Melanie was one of his best friends, and she had asked if he wanted to tell his story to the teenagers.
”What do you mean, my story?” He hadn’t looked at her when he asked her that.
”You know, your past and all that. Try to teach them something about life before I send them off to college.”
He didn’t really want to do it. But he liked Melanie. Maybe more than he wanted to admit.
Now he was sitting in front of them, asking them questions they didn’t know the answer to.
The class stayed mostly quiet. A girl with big brown curls said she wished she had done better in school. Others mumbled in an agreeing manner.
He was about to tell them good luck in whatever this next chapter was going to bring them, until he heard Melanie’s voice from the back of the classroom. ”What about you? Do you have any lessons you wish you learned sooner?”
He smiled. Didn’t have to think about it for long. ”Oh, I have lots. But I think one really stands out for me. When I was in high school and college, I thought life would work out itself, but it doesn’t work like that. If you want a job, a house, a degree, a relationship, you have to work towards it. Nobody wakes up having it all together one day. That was my biggest wake up call.”
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