How is it possible that I could even be thinking about senioritis when it is only September? Well, having had three children experience this phase of life already, I am on-the-ready this time around because . . . my baby is a SENIOR! Yes, it is the fourth and final round for the Rice house as we walk through our last year of having a student at LCS.
Senioritis has not hit full swing yet, but I know it is fast approaching. I can already see a glimmer of the tell-tale signs. If you are wondering if you might have a victim of this affliction in your home, some of the descriptions below may help with a diagnosis.
One may be suffering from senioritis if . . .
1. Your day is considered a success if you brush your hair or wear make- up (girls).
2. You’ve procrastinated so much that you have literally run out of people to stalk on Instagram and Twitter.
3. You start interpreting every personal experience in terms of whether it would work as a college admissions essay.
4. The outcome on your BuzzFeed quiz is far more important to you than your grade on your Econ midterm.
5. Your college essay is due. Chipotle. You have a math quiz. Chipotle. You need a homecoming date. Chipotle.
6. You’ve suddenly identified all these new four-day weekends on your calendar that the school knows nothing about.
7. Everything you do now is qualified with a “last.” Even if that means it’s your second-to-last hot dog at your fourth-to-last basketball game.
8. You actually expect all younger students to open doors for you, walk behind you in the hall and let you cut to the front in line because, well, seniority.
9. You no longer organize your school paper into color-coordinated folders. There’s plenty of room to shove everything, from every class, into the front of one binder, thank you very much!
10. You come to find that the hardest part of your senior year is living in the moment. . . and yet hectically planning for your future.
The good news is most of us survive the brief discomforts of senioritis. We move on to another phase of life that is equally challenging in helping us figure out who we are and what our purpose may be. Life is a work in progress. We are a work in progress. And the even better news is that our God, the Creator, sees, knows and has every moment in His hands. He is working for our good and for his glory as the story of our life unfolds and we get to enjoy the beauty of the journey.
A favorite song of mine is a good reminder of the privilege we have of enjoying every day as a gift from God and trusting Him as He walks right alongside us. If you have a senior in your life, this might be a message you can pass along to encourage them in the days ahead of this memorable year:
LIFE MEANS SO MUCH
Every day is a journal page
Every man holds a quill and ink
And there's plenty of room for writing in
All we do is believe and think
So will you compose a curse
Or will today bring the blessings
Fill the page with rhyming verse
Or some random sketchings
Teach us to count the days
Teach us to make the days count
Lead us in better ways
Somehow our souls forgot
Life means so much
Life means so much
Life means so much
Every day is a bank account
And time is our currency
So no one's rich, nobody's poor
We get twenty-four hours each
So how are you gonna spend
Will you invest or squander
Try to get ahead
Or help someone who's under
Has anybody lived who knew the value of a life
And didn't He give His own
To show the worth of yours and mine?
Every day is a gift you've been given
Make the most of the time every minute you're living
Songwriters: CHRIS RICE, CHRISTOPHER M. RICE
© Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
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