May has been great so far!
The last several weeks of school are wrapping up, and my days are either a success or undergo through a crash-and-burn process. Algebra II and Biology, my two most difficult subjects, are two major factors as to why I have such grumpy days — I'm striving to get A's in both of those classes by the end of the semester, and I am studying like crazy to achieve that! I rarely have time to even read anymore, which is such a pity.
Two friends of mine and I laughed at this sign!
This last week of April I ended up going on a field trip to see an old eighties movie at the one of the movie theaters in town that manage to give a twist. Instead of popcorn being the main delicacy for the movie, it is pizza that is bought when you go to watch a movie. These aren't just your average store or brand bought, five dollar pizzas; these pizzas were made by its sister store that has some of the best food in my town. The movie itself wasn't memorable, but every single comedical interaction pretty much described all the awkwardness that clumsy teenagers carry.
The following day after the field trip, I went to the doctor's. I won't elaborate what happened there, but all I will say is this: nothing bad is going to happen to me!
The first day of May was quite a festive day. Everyone was wearing their spirit colors and preparing for the festival that came right after school. In choir we were nearly all dressed fully and sad when we had to say goodbye to the intern teacher who taught for about a semester. To handle a class that carries such drama and still like us in the end, as one person said, is amazing. I applaud and respect intern teachers, which I am lucky to have been taught by many intern teachers since the beginning of middle school, for being able to deal with the concentrations of sass and backlashes and still be happy.
There is an assembly that happens before the festival after school. Apparently there is a tradition at my school where the upperclassmen take the seats of the class above them. So, for example, if you were a junior, you would, at the end of the assembly, run wildly and take the seniors' seats. (I am, by the way, not a senior.) When it came for my class's time to go and "cross-over", we all walked cheering. I'm not much of a fan of school spirit weeks, but hey, they only happen every once in a while! Might as well take the chance, right? I'll have to remember that for next year!
(Note: the person above is not me. I have not dyed the ends of my hair.)
Track and field—I am so sad that I wasn’t able to bring my camera, but I got third place! Usually I get about fifth or sixth out of eight, but today, I managed to catch up to almost all of the girls and overtake them. Yes! Thank you to my coach who insisted for me to be working on block starts all week!
To be honest, I didn't have a great start to this week, in fact, the week began off wading in last week's troubles and trying to dry myself clean. I could have awoken up to every single day of this week feeling all horrible and saying, "Today is going to go bad." But what kind of mindset would that be? In class, the reading assigned, Enchiridion of Epictetus, often speaks of the "life rules", as the reading acts as a sort of how-to-live-a-great-and-meaningful-life guide, talks about so much mindset. I want to be surrounded in positive, and even when times of day look bad, I need to stay positive. Thinking positively will end up bringing good vibes for the weekend.
Scroll past the spider if you are terrified of them.
Thank you to all the comments that I have received in last week’s post, “Balancing the Good and the Bad.” I’ve really loved hearing that you all have bad days, too. They stink, but at least we aren't all alone! If I don’t post twice a week for the next two weeks it is because I will be studying for finals and I will be attending photo shoots with friends in which we use Nerf Guns and climb aboard the monkey bars. (We are very mature; we're just pretty childish at heart.) This is it, folks; the reunion is actually going to happen! Perhaps this cheeriness has got to be coming from the happy May sun rays.