It\u2019s a rainy Saturday, and I stomp around my bedroom in a flying squirrel onesie, searching for my earbuds. Suddenly, my overly stuffed desk shakes, and a composition notebook falls out. The inscription on the title reads, in cursive, My Life as a Beached Whale. Before I know it, it\u2019s 1:30 in the morning, and I have read the entire contents of My Life as a Beached Whale, as well as all of my other various journals, including PROPERTY OF ABBY ZE AWESOME: Whatever Log and the little purple notebook that kept me awake during marketing freshman year. The stack of letters I wrote throughout 2014 and 2015 have been opened and replaced in their envelopes, and papers I\u2019ve dug up lay scattered on my floor, wrinkled from their years of being squished behind textbooks. As I curl up beneath my comforter and shut the lights, the first thought that comes to mind is, \u201cWow, I certainly am an interesting potato.\u201d The second thought is, \u201cWow, I certainly am glad that I\u2019ve kept records of my interesting potato-ness.\u201d When I was younger, I used to sit in corners with my shoulders shrugged over, keeping how I felt confined to the narrow blue lines I scribbled between. But as I\u2019ve gotten older, I\u2019ve learned that while it\u2019s lovely to look back on yourself and how you felt about others, one of the most delicious feelings is sharing your emotions with another. Slowly, I\u2019ve started letting my heart be open to speaking candidly with those I hold dear, hoping the words that have stretched and grown within me can be heard by someone else. And when you\u2019re heard, well, that\u2019s a feeling that could fill countless journals all by itself. For us seniors, it would be easy to get through the next few months without giving the people around us much thought. But please, don\u2019t just pass this time by in a cloud of apathy, because there are things and faces here that we aren\u2019t going to want to forget. I would encourage you to live \u00e0 la Ferris Bueller, because life does move pretty fast, and if you don\u2019t look around once in a while, you might miss it. Sometimes, I\u2019ll stare at my ceiling on a Friday night, trying desperately to remember what the heck I did during the week and feeling like Monday was about two centuries ago, possibly longer. But even if I\u2019m tired, I force myself to pull out a pencil and just write, because I know that in a month, in a year, in a decade, I\u2019ll still laugh about my friend throwing a stuffed penguin across the room during our AP Government midterm, still cringe at my teacher catching me singing and dancing to Taylor Swift\u2019s Fearless, still smile about the way I described someone\u2019s eyes lighting up. And no matter how mundane those moments may seem, they are moments I nonetheless will want to remember. In the next few months, spend just an afternoon being thankful that you have gotten to be the interesting potato you are today, and be thankful of those that have helped you along the way. Take a friend out for coffee and tell her every wonderful quality she possesses. Send a note to a teacher who has shown you how to enjoy, or at least get through, something you once hated. Go and sit under a tree somewhere (it\u2019s fun) and write about your day, because even if sharing your words and feelings with others seems terrifying, you can always start opening your heart by sharing with yourself. And that alone is an experience you\u2019ll be able to cherish for the rest of your life. Now, if you\u2019ll excuse me, I\u2019m going to go back to writing in My Life as a Beached Whale, because there are some empty pages in there that I\u2019d like to fill. Abby Schiff is a senior at Wilton High School. She shares this column with four classmates.