If you could go back to high school, what would you do differently?
I love the movie Sabrina...not the original (its okay) but the 1995 version with Harrison Ford, Greg Kinear, and Julia Ormond. It's probably my all-time favorite movie. The newer version came out while I was in high school, and I fell in love with it! Most people who know me know how much I love it...few know why. I love it because dreamed of being Sabrina.
High school was not a good time for me. My naturally curly hair was naturally wild and frizzy most days. As most of my classmates were getting their braces taken off, I was just getting mine put on. I had no fashion sense. I was painfully shy, awkward, and unsure of myself. I was drifting away from my best friend since 6th grade. On top of everything else, my faith was deepening, but with no youth group in the tiny church I grew up in, I felt isolated. I think I went home crying almost every day after school. I dreamed of being Sabrina, of growing from the ugly duckling to the graceful and beautiful swan.
If I could do it all over, there is so much I would do differently. I would loosen up, be myself, and put myself out there more. I would push myself more. I would take the A.P. classes I didn't take for fear of pulling my GPA down. I would try out for drill team (even though I can't dance). I wouldn't compare myself to everyone else. I would stand up for myself more. I would apply to be an exchange student. I would plan to go away to college and get my own apartment. Most of all, I wouldn't care what anyone else thought, because in the end, those high school relationships are so insignificant. I would tell myself that while I not be Sabrina Fairchild, years after graduation, I would be a much different person and a much better person.