I was recently looking through my yearbook from my senior year of high school and I had to chuckle. Everything that seemed so important to me back then feels utterly irrelevant to me as an adult. The dances, the homecoming royalty, the football games, the pranks, the dating – everything was pointless. I have fond memories of high school because while my friends and I took part in all those festivities, we mostly just sat around at Jason Okrzynski’s place playing videogames, watching bad movies, making bad movies, and making runs across the street to Hy-Vee to pick up Mountain Dew and Swiss Cake Rolls. This exercise, which seemed completely pointless to us at the time, now has greater resonance to me than all that other high school crap.
But one person at my school got it. A young man named Jeff Levin summed up high school so well with his senior quote. Jeff was a substandard student and occasional drug user. Jeff was quite friendly, but not likely to keep up with the fast-paced joking that my close friends were used to. But Jeff saw through the crap. He summed up his high school experience in a poignant, timeless way with his quote:
There are so many dudes I don’t know.
Yes. That is so right. There are so many dudes that I don’t know! Why couldn’t I see it then? I must have been blinded with popularity and/or gangly awkwardness.
Oh well, it’s not too late to turn this ship around. Jeff’s words will become my new life motto. Truly, there are so many dudes that I don’t know. What can be done about this? I should probably look up Jeff’s phone number and see what he suggests…
Any other preferred senior quotes, or words to live by?