Why you should post your high school photo right now

 

(see how far you’ve come)

It’s there, lurking. Haunting you like a modern horror movie… crawling across the ceiling, climbing down the walls. It’s the numbing chill you feel in your veins, a whispering in your ear like a neverending wind tunnel. It’s …your …high school photo.

 

And while few feel an overwhelming sense of pride when they look at that high school photo — complete with whacked out hair, flawed skin and complete, utter lack of a sense of fashion — you should.

 

That’s right. YOU should feel proud. Why? Because of how far you’ve come. Because of who you are today. Because when you look at that picture you can physically see it — the unsprouted confidence, the minimized sense of awareness, the inability to communicate — it’s all there. Look closer.

 

There’s an innocence behind those eyes in that high school photo. Those eyes that have no idea what they will see. Those eyes that think they are wise but in fact, they don’t know the half of it. They haven’t seen the half of it, even half of what you are capable of.

 

And that hair. That high school hair does not even know what to do with itself. But look at you today! Sure, you may have the occasional bad hair day but on a whole, you know that hair now; you rock that hair now. And it doesn’t even matter what your hair is doing. Now, you know how to manage it. You know what products you need to get it to lay down flat or stand straight up. You know when it starts to do that strange, poking out thing in that one spot, it’s time for a haircut. (Do you see the symbolism here?)

 

Back then you were thin. Back then you were fat. And now, what? Now, you know what’s worth the calories and what’s not. You’re aware of the food and what’s going to do to most for your body. You decide what you’re putting into it and you’re deciding what you need to get out of it. You know what you like and what you don’t like. You know what you crave at 10:00 at night and you know that first thing in the morning you need that coffee, that cup or tea or that energy drink. And whether or not health is a priority for you right now, it’s your choice. You’re in control. But that kid in high school? That kid was probably told what to eat and when to eat it. Today, you’re calling the shots.

 

And here’s the other thing: We all know that the clothes, brands of handbags that we carry or wear do not define who we are as people. But just look at what you were wearing in that picture! Do you remember caring so much about what you looked like in those days? You tried on a hundred outfits. Or, remember how you couldn’t care less what you wore everyday. You just wore it, whatever represented you at that time and in that place. That was bravery. Or, that was vanity. But today — today you know what clothes best represent you. And no matter if today you’re covered in tattoos or wrapped in a twin set, you are working it. Because, this is you — this is you now. This is the evolution of you. Not your mother, or your friend. You.

 

So if you’re in need of a self-esteem boost, just do it — post your high school photo. And in return, you’ll be reminded — and remind your 349 Facebook friends — how far you’ve come. Nice job. Now about that reunion….

MARIA SMITH

FOUNDER AND COMMUNICATION EXPERT

As Founder of Career Change Happens and Find Your Calling, Maria has had years of experience in the world of Cognitive Behavioural Conditioning, and personal and professional development. Her intense passion for supporting others in making their dreams a reality has helped thousands of people clarify and move into positive futures.

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