Girl Now November: Live from NYC
This month I am posting live from New York City. Crazy, I know. I recently graduated high school and this is my version of ‘schoolies’. However, before graduating, I went through one of the craziest, happiest, saddest and most unbelievable couple of weeks ever. It was the week of lasts- last homeroom, the last exam, last time wearing my uniform, the last day of classes and the last time I would ever walk out of the school gates as a student. It was so hard to believe that it was happening because I never thought that I would be the one leaving, it was always someone else, someone older. Throughout the week I had a teacher tell me that although it is sad that I should live every moment and make the most of the time I had. Pretty much, they told me that I had to live in the present.
Like I wrote in the very first blog for this year (you can read it here), what’s coming will come and we’ll meet it when it does. The future is going to come whether we want it to or not, and sometimes the future involves saying goodbye (at least for a little while). This is not always a bad thing, and not always expected, but it can be a little sad at times. This is the reason it is so important to live in the moment and take it all in.
See the smiling faces and hear the laughter. Look at everyone around you, remember how they make you feel. These are the things that can’t be captured in a photo but are important to notice. If you spend all your time thinking about what is to come in the future, you will miss these things. You’ll miss the feeling of being part of a group that has been through so much, you’ll miss seeing the way that you make people smile. This is why you must live in the now because this is what you might miss if you don’t.
Between graduation evening, finishing my last exam, the day we celebrate our last classes (pink day at my school) and walking out of the school, through the guard of honour, I want to think that I lived every moment in happiness. Not because school was over, but because I didn’t want my last memories of school to be filled with sadness. I wanted to take it all in and the best way to do that is to be happy, taking in everything around you.
Best of luck to everyone who is still at school. The year has been long but it has also been an adventure. I’m about to go ice-skating at the Rockefeller centre, wish me luck!