Excelsior

       Imagine this: you have two huge tests, you forget about a quiz until the morning before, there’s one day you have to sit through a college’s presentation twice, you dragged your guitar all the way to school only not to need it on a day you almost left it at home out of sheer laziness, you’re assigned nearly 60 math problems (your least favorite subject since time began), you leave your cookies at home, and you are one dime short of being able to purchase a Vitamin Water, all in the same week. That’s basically how my week has gone.

      So, I have been everything from bored out of my mind to frustrated beyond belief over the course of five days. And to tell you the truth, it’s not been that fun. But I have found myself trying to find the good, the highlights, the silver lining, because otherwise, it really is a bad day. Past experience has taught me that it is up to you how happy you are. You can either let all the bad stuff weigh you down, or you can let it roll off your shoulders so you can keep looking up. I prefer to stand in the sunshine.

      Therefore, I will choose to let it roll off my shoulders and keep looking up. Let’s rethink that first paragraph:

     Imagine this: you rock two hard tests, you ace a quiz you nearly forgot about, you get to spend two class periods watching funny videos created by film production students from a visiting university, you are going to learn to play a song by your favorite band on guitar, you are almost finished with all your homework, you bought a delicious dark chocolate bar and shared it with your sister, and you ordered two books that will be delivered later today, all in the same week. That’s basically how my week has gone.

     There. Much better.

     And thusly, we will move onward and upward to my favorite part of the week: the weekend. I have an exciting one planned, one that involves going out of town for a Christian girls’ retreat and reading those two new books I bought (sidenote- something funny I realized about those books: one of the main characters has the same first and last name as my uncle 🙂 ). I can sum up my anticipation in a single word: Excelsior. Excelsior is a Latin term meaning “higher” or “loftier” and is used in the English language as an exclamation meaning “forever upward.” It’s also kind of my new favorite word. 🙂 I keep telling myself, “Keep going, no matter what. Remember: Excelsior!“So, onward and upward and to the weekend.

Excelsior!

Stay strong and fearless,

Kristen

Hard Day’s Night

Imagine this: one otherwise typical Wednesday morning, you awake from a horrific dream concerning a bus ride gone terribly wrong with the feeling that your brain has swelled inside your very head, and then the next day, after the headache has finally subsided, your stomach decides to feel as if it is eating itself inside out. That, my friends, was the reality of my week.

So, yes, pain and school are not the most enjoyable combination. “Kristen, why didn’t you just stay home, for goodness’ sake?!” This is called “stubbornness” or “determination” or, more accurately, “I don’t really know why but I hate staying home when I’m sick so I rarely do because I’d rather just tough it out then miss.” Proving to myself I can take it? The world may never truly know…

Anyways, I am fine now, thank you. Mostly, I am just glad it is Friday. It’s not been the best past two weeks. In the same fourteen days, I have not felt well as aforementioned, not done as well as I hoped on a certain few quizzes, struggled through learning to play notes on my guitar,  found out my friend is switching schools,  dragged  my heavy guitar all the way across campus when called to the office at the end of the day,  AND had to listen to Bieber in World Music. None of those have been very happy things.

Yet, I have learned in life not to let the bad stuff always drag me down. “Ain’t nobody got time for that,” after all. The good things in life still outnumber the bad by a long shot: honor roll, getting to skip class and watch a movie because of honor roll, feeling better, the rap we wrote at my Wednesday Bible study, the pep rally today that included a powder puff cheerleaders routine with a reference to the infamous Kanye West/Taylor Swift VMA incident of 2009 (“Yo Taylor, Imma let you finish, but Beyonce’ had the best video of all time!”), the INCREDIBLE writing style the author of the book I’m reading has… The list could go on and on.

So, yes, even after the most “hard day’s night,” in the end, it’s all good. Especially when it’s Friday.

“Yo reader, I’m happy for you and all, and Imma let you finish, but Friday is the best day of the week of ALL TIME!”

Stay strong and fearless,

Kristen

Like A Movie

     Have you ever ridden the Jungle Safari Bus at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom? I did this summer, and that is what I would compare the bus ride home to. There are lots of sharp turns and dirt roads. And mud! All that’s missing is a few elephants 🙂

     This whole experience of going to a new school and everything kind of feels like a movie to me. Maybe it’s because being in a big school with a bunch of people is something I’ve only seen in movies before. I know it’s normal to most people, and by the end of the year, it will feel like old hat. But for now, it’s hard to believe this is my life. It’s so different that it’s crazy.

     I almost feel like I’m playing a character, too. I sure think I must look like one, always carrying around my colorful coded map and looking freaked out by the bell. You see, I wear my glasses to school (just got them last year), and so it doesn’t feel like myself because I’m not used to them. The guitar, too, doesn’t quite feel like me yet. Actually, it feels like carrying around another me!

     Maybe it also feels like a movie to me because I expected it to play out like one. Or even to be like a television show. I’ve been told I should try to make the most of high school and go for the whole “Saved By the Bell” experience. I want that, but  I’ve had to realize movies about this sort of thing are pretty far-fetched from reality. But hopefully, I’ll find “happily ever after” soon enough 🙂

     Today was probably the best day I’ve had so far at school. I have started to kind of make friends with some girls in my Spanish class first period. Then, I got to be with my sister for geometry, lunch, and chemistry. And then last period was “interning,” which is basically like TA for any other school. I was assigned to a fifth grade class at the elementary school across the street. It was a kid’s birthday and so…

I GOT A CUPCAKE!

     Totally made my day! 🙂 That, and I carried my RED Taylor Swift bag as a backpack. It’s a lot less heavy than my other backpack was! It’s good to keep it light, because we don’t get lockers “for security reasons.” I’ll let you fill in the blanks there…

     So, all in all, pretty good day. Things are looking up in KristenWorld, and surely it can only get better from here. And, best of all, tomorrow is Friday!!

THE END!

 

Stay strong and fearless,

Kristen