I too didn't end up graduating from high school because of depression, and anxiety. Looking back I had many of the same feelings about it as you do, but I don't regret it for a second now. I found out that maybe school just isn't for me, and that I had other options that I could have used earlier on that probably would have made things a little easier. I ended up getting my GED a few weeks after graduation, and I honestly wish I had done that much earlier. I empathize with your feelings in regards to your family. My parents were supportive since they had seen firsthand how far down I declined over those 4 years. I resent all 40 something of my graduation gifts back to my entire extended family/friends, with a note explaining why, and I was blown away by the amount of support I got back. It was a rough time, but now I just look at it as another learning experience that has helped mold who I am today. I still haven't committed to school and I'm currently in regular therapy, but I've had some really great experiences in that time, and I've learned a lot about myself. Don't let it get you down Op. What matters is your mental health, and how you choose to move on from this period in life. Don't let anyone's arbitrary expectations get you down.
Mary Matsuda Gruenewald grew up on Vashon Island in Washington State. It's a small town of about 10,000 people — many of whom commute by ferry to jobs in nearby Seattle. It's green, it's beautiful, it's the kind of place where you can't walk into the grocery store without seeing someone you know.
Mary Matsuda Gruenewald says that when she lived there, a lot of the families were farming families, including hers. Her high school experience was pretty typical, until one Sunday in 1941.
She remembers the moment vividly when she and her brother returned home from Sunday school to find their father sitting at the dining room table.
Eight-ball enthusiasts now have an alternative when traditional pool tables " seem a little bit, well, square ." The Banana Pool Table ($15,000) , created and handcrafted by Cléon Daniel, is just one manifestation of the Dorset, .–based carpenter's ability to bend billiard games to the whims of buyers. The 8½-foot banana model is constructed of ash, with yellow wool felt, brass pocket plates, and a set of brown balls that match the table's "ripe brown" edge. Daniel also crafts a pool table made to look like a doughnut, complete with a central hole, uneven edges, and a pink felt that looks like frosting. The Week Staff