The Best Time in Your Life

by Travis Hellstrom

  Teachers in my high school used to look at us and say, "This is the best time of your life. You better enjoy it while you can!"

I remember thinking, "Man, I hope not. I mean this is great and I'm loving it, but it's all downhill from here? Shit. I'm only 15."


Then I got to college and the professor looked at our auditorium full of students saying, "This is the best time of your life. Enjoy it!"

I thought, "Are they sharing the same playbook, what is going on? They better be kidding. If it gets worse from here, what's the point!"

But then luckily I got to Peace Corps and figured it out. They were all just kidding (or kidding themselves).

The first year Volunteers told the Trainees, "Enjoy this, it's the best time of your life!" the second years told the first years that, the third years told the second years, and the staff told it to everyone.

Thank you, I've got it.

You're all right.


This is the best time of my life.

Perpetually, always, right now.

Never before.

Never in the future.

This is it.


Remember that and you've got it made.

And if it's not true, make it true.

That was not the best time of your life, this is supposed to be.