Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
SlideStop and LovesMyDunnBoy summed it up perfectly. I know it feels terrible now, but it is well worth it to sacrifice your time with the animals for a good education and be able to afford horses later on in life than get to spend a little time with them now and struggle for the rest of your life to make a living, much less enough to spend on the luxury of horses.
I'm 17 as well, and a senior. I will not be graduating early (although I COULD if I wanted, I have all of my credits done) because I opted for taking dual credit (nearly free) college classes this year in order to put myself at an advantage. I already have 16 hours under my belt and a 3.8 average in high school, with 3 AP classes and 6 honors classes in finished. I don't say that to brag on myself, but to say that yes, succeeding in High School is HARD. I'm not extremely smart and have some learning/health challenges, so I go feed my horses, spend a good 8 hours in classes every day (no early dismissal since I go to the college), go to work, feed my horses again, do 2-3 hours of homework, and go to bed. I wake up before the sun does. Its exhausting, and I'm actually about to put both of my beloved horses up for sale because I realize just how exhausting it is, and that I can't do my best in college when I'm stretching myself so far.
But that doesn't mean it doesn't hurt. Or make me sad. I simply realize that I must 'suffer' if you will, now, if I want to prosper later on.
That may be something you have to do. At the same time though, you don't want to make yourself so stressed that you get sick (I learned that the hard way) so you DO need to make a little down time for yourself. Maybe schedule a certain amount of time (30 minutes-1 hour?) once or twice a week to have a little 'me time' to wind down, then hit the books hard for the rest of the time. Think of that as your reward.
You can do it! I know its exhausting and you want to give up, but don't. Selling yourself short is the worst thing you can possibly do for yourself, I promise you.
Everyone in your life is meant to
be in your journey, but not all of
them are meant to stay till the end.