Our high school experiences can’t help but influence our life and identity, and that’s true of practically everyone.
The reason is that at the time that we are approaching or in high school, we are in the process of maturing, emotionally, physically, and mentally. We are discovering who we are, what we like and don’t like, what we can or can’t do, and so on.
That it happens to coincide with spending 7+ hours a day in a building together with the same group of peers and teachers means those people and experiences will take on a profound meaning.
Related: Listen to an episode of the Intellectual Roundtable Podcast, where Lee and Michael discuss this question: ‘What makes you you?’ We discuss another question as well, ‘What gives a person value?’
For some people, high school is full of growth and liberation, a time of discovery. For others, it might be a time of persecution. You can discover there are others like you, or that you are alone.
Are there traits or behaviors that you have today that you can trace to an experience you had in high school? How has high school influenced your identity?
One of the great tragedies of life is that it is easiest to learn things when you are a child, but don’t yet know what you want to learn.
As a result, people often regret not learning things as a child. For example, speaking a different language, or perfecting a physical task like hitting a golf ball or shooting a free-throw. If only you had stuck with those piano lessons, you might be a concert pianist now!
Related: We often learn from reading. Listen to the Intellectual Roundtable podcast where Michael and Lee give their answers to the question, ‘What book has had the biggest impact on you?’ Stay tuned for a bonus question, ‘How do you show thanks?’
To be sure, you can still learn many skills later in life. Some of them, you can even become proficient doing, if you have the desire and the perseverance.
However, there’s little doubt that many of those same skills could have been learned even faster, and potentially even more comprehensively, if you had started them when you were still developing, both mentally and physically.
Are there any skills you wish you had learned as a child? Are there any talents you now have that you fostered when you were younger that you appreciate?
One thing that every single person has in common is that we are getting older every moment. As we age, some things improve; others get worse.
Maturing brings with it numerous changes. For a child going through puberty, these changes can be awkward. A senior citizen may find their body starts to deteriorate. At any age, you may start to become more comfortable in your own skin.
Whatever your current age, what have you noticed about getting older? What are the positive and negative aspects of aging?
What is the best part about aging? And what is the worst?
As a child, some people lived in the same house until the went to school. Others would find that incredible. Which are you? Do you think the number of times you moved had an impact on your development?