Wondering what this is all about? Well allow me to introduce myself and what we’re (“we” being these two crazies) doing with this whole thing.
My name is Eve Jacob, and I had kind of a love-hate relationship with being a teenager.
On the one hand, it was fun to have my personal freedom increasing, to explore my talents and interests, and start setting goals and really thinking about what I wanted to accomplish.
On the other hand, it was stressful to think about that future. It was scary to realize my decisions had a direct impact on my adult life. And it could be a challenge to take on all the additional responsibilities that came with growing older.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that being a teenager was inherently bad. I mean, it’s just a set of years in your life, it can’t really be anything but what we make of it, right?
But I, like a lot of people, found that it had a lot of rocky moments where I just felt kind of miserable about everything.
The good part of experiencing any kind of discomfort is that we learn a lot. We get wiser, and stronger, and even braver.
And the really cool part is that, if we want to, we can help other people who are going through the same things we went through. I figured out a lot of tricks to living the life I want to live, doing what I want to do, and being who I want to be. I did high school, college, driving, friendship, hobbies, and pretty much everything else my way…and I had a blast with it. And now, I want to share that with you.
It’s called “Hijack High School” because high school is a a big part of the teen years, but this site is for anyone who wants to read it, no matter how old or young. It’s going to be most applicable if you’re between 13 and 19, but it’s definitely not going to exclude anyone who falls outside that age range. And the whole “hijacking” thing is more like the phrase “life hack”–it just means “to get a better handle on things and run them your way, as opposed to being dictated by someone else”.
I won’t pretend to have all the answers–I’ll be the first to tell you I definitely don’t. I’m okay with that. But I do know a few things, and I’ve learned a few tricks, and if even one thing that I’ve learned can make even one person’s life a little lighter, a little happier, and a little more hopeful…then I’d be awfully selfish to keep it to myself, wouldn’t I?
So that’s the point of this blog. My mother and I put it together because, between the two of us, there’s a pretty decent amount of life perspectives that you might find useful. And to us, that’s a worthy cause.