re: Graduation Party
I didn't go to my high school graduation, didn't have a graduation party, and didn't go to the prom.
Looking back, I don't feel like I missed out on anything. There will be plenty of chances down the road for parties and dates. And if you don't end up going to parties, it's ok. You don't have to go to tons of parties to be a good person or to be happy. (sorry, I hope I'm not sounding preachy, these are just things I had to realize myself) I finally realized that, in my mid twenties. At this point, I'll be perfectly happy if I never go to a party again in my life. I could care less. As long as I have a few people I really care about in my life, I can be happy.
I think things like graduation parties are overblown in terms of importance. Ask yourself, do you really want to go, deep down, or do you feel obligated? What's the main motivator? If you really do want to go, then like you were saying, try to look ahead at all the many opportunities you have before you in your future. You have so much ahead of you.