Have you ever had a major crush on an actor or actress? I have. I used to think that this guy was the hottest thing ever imaginable and that he lived on the sun.
If anyone thought differently, I thought they must live past Pluto or something because they apparently couldn't see too clearly.
I even made collages and music videos of him and thought that I would become famous and meet him.
Now, most of you probably haven't gotten that obsessed about an actor before, but I am sure that you know what I mean. But then you eventually change and sometimes you might even think back and say, "I used to like him?"
Most of the time, that question is taken very lightly because we are only talking about looks. Well, sometimes when we ask that question it is because we find out what they are really like. I used to like this one singer and I went all out with obsession. I spent a lot of time looking for pictures of him (at one point I had about 400 pictures), not only for me but for my friends and my cousin, too.
Then I finally came to my senses. I realized that he was on a really bad television show, and that he wasn't a very good all-around person. My priorities changed after that. Now it makes me sick just thinking about how much time I spent "with" this guy.
I mean, he doesn't even know I exist, or even care that I do. Why would I spend all my time on someone when I can't even talk to, or really get to know him?
Priorities are very important. And it is up to you to sort them out. God is on the top of my priority list and that is where He always should and will be. Where else would I put the one who saved my soul? I didn't deserve salvation but He gave it to me anyway. I owe him my life. The least that I can give Him is my time.
Family should be up there on your list, too. Besides God, they are the only thing you have. Your family will always be there when you need them. Even friends should be on there. If they really are your friends, they are like family.
I have a best friend who moved to Las Vegas, and it is almost like we are sisters. I know that she will always be there for me and when I am having a bad day she will let me cry on her shoulder and she will tell me that everything is going to be OK. All of my family does that. That is why they are so important to me.
A nice car, or a job or any material thing will not go on forever, but love will. That is the most important thing to look at when you are trying to sort out your priorities. Sure, you can love your new car, but not with the affectionate, caring love that you have for people.
Look around your home. Nothing you see will live forever, except the people. That is why they need to be so very important to you.
Now, sure you should have education, and other important things on your list too, but we all need to think about what is going to be our top priorities, and fast because when we have our priorities straight, it guides the way we live every single day.
n Christina Connell is a freshman at Carson High School. Her column appears once a month on the Whatever Page.