Thursday, May 26, 2011


Well, this is it. Graduation. Not mine, that comes next year, but it's graduation for dozens of my closest friends who are nearly my family after what we've went through together. I've grown up with these people since 4th grade. We've been in choirs together, dance classes, theatre classes, academic classes; we've experienced nearly everything with each other and now they're leaving us underclassmen and going their separate ways. 
When thinking of graduation the movie Eclipse pops into my mind, strangely enough.

"When we were five, they asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up. Our answers were things like astronaut, president, or in my case… princess.

When we were ten, they asked again and we answered - rock star, cowboy, or in my case, gold medalist. But now that we've grown up, they want a serious answer. Well, how 'bout this: who the hell knows?!

This isn't the time to make hard and fast decisions, its time to make mistakes. Take the wrong train and get stuck somewhere chill. Fall in love - a lot. Major in philosophy 'cause there's no way to make a career out of that. Change your mind. Then change it again, because nothing is permanent.

So make as many mistakes as you can. That way, someday, when they ask again what we want to be… we won't have to guess. We'll know."
-The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

This quote sums up everything I feel about graduation, and life. Yesterday, I was dawning on the fact that I have to make all the daunting decisions I do and dwelling on the repercussions of each one. While pondering this, Sex and the City played on my TV. You know, the episode where Carrie is trying out the trapeze and she's researching for her column "Sex and the City" about how when you're young you're carefree and when you're old you become more cautious. 
Everyday, I realize more and more that kids these days are turning that around. A lot of us are so focused on our class rank, our popularity, what's right... We worry about it. Is it a good thing? I don't think so. The one time in our life when we have something like freedom, we can't dwell on ridiculous things or have an opportunity pass by after we've found every problem with the situation. We need to just go for things and whatever happens, happens.
My friends have all been stressing out about what they're going to do with their lives... What they're majoring in, who they're dating, who they'll marry, whether to have kids or not, what job to do... You're just getting out of high school, you have your whole life to do all those things. Those that are really, truly happy are the ones that just live in the moment and let it happen. And honestly, they're also the ones who turn out to be the most successful.
So on the night of high school graduation, or any milestone, we have to realize that life is about taking chances. If it wasn't, we wouldn't have the option.

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