“And so we talked all night about the rest of our lives, where we’re gonna be when we turn 25?”
It was my youngest sister’s 6th grade graduation today, March 23, 2013, and during the ceremony I can’t help but reminisce the days when I was still in school especially my High School and College years for they were, indeed, the most memorable to me. One of the songs which my sister’s batch has sung during their graduation was Vitamin C’s “Friends Forever”. The lyrics was just so fit for a graduation although it’s not a very unique song, still, it never fails to make me reminisce.
|Top: SM Valenzuela | Shorts: Solita|
|Pumps: St. Francis Square|
“When we leave this year we won’t be coming back. No more hanging out ‘cos on a different track...”
Although I’ve got friends from High School and College, I was not the usual type who would always ask people to hang out all the time. Whoever I’m with right now are the people I often hang out with more. And I still do keep in touch with my friends from HS and College but we don’t see each other that often anymore or rather I think I’m too busy to set up something, perhaps? But I do miss them. Now that we have all graduated (college friends at least), we now have our own separate lives to live, career goals to chase but, hey, we’re about to set up a reunion so I’m very much looking forward to that.
“Cause we're moving on and we can't slow down. These memories are playing like a film without sound...”
I was wondering... Why were these 6th graders crying? I never cried during my 6th grade graduation because only a few would be leaving the school and most of us would still be there for High School; but HS graduation was different. I wasn’t supposed to cry; but everything just flashed back to me while we were singing our school hymn... That was the last time I will be singing our school hymn officially and with my classmates. I cried, hugged them tight and told them that I’d miss them. Come on, I’ve been at the same school since I was in my Kindergarten years. It was my, literally, second home!
“So if we get the big jobs and we make the big money, when we look back now, will that joke still be funny? Will we still remember everything we learned in school? Still be trying to break every single rule?”
Were we able to achieve our dreams? I wonder. I remember that I dreamed of becoming a news caster back in High School simply because I love making big speeches, talking in front of the whole class and my confidence level was just so sky high; but when I got into college and took up Mass Communication, I realized that writing was more of my forte, that I never wanted to be in lime light and that I’d rather pour out my emotions through my writing than shout them out loud. Things change and our different circumstances have changed the course of our lives. However, I’m pretty proud of myself for I have pushed boulders just to get to where I am right now.
“Will we think about tomorrow like we think about now? Can we survive it out there? Can we make it somehow? I guess I thought that this would never end. And suddenly it's like we're women and men...”
|With youngest sister, Christine. I did her makeup! :)|
To all the graduating students of 2013:
Congratulations to all of you. The awards you may or may not have received on this very special occasion will not determine who or what you would be in the future. Always keep that in mind. This is not to discourage you of some sort or to encourage you to not study harder on the next level but rather tell you that things are not as safe and sure as it is in school. Sure, studying could be stressful, but the life after school is scarier I tell you. There would be times that no matter how text-book smart you are, you just can’t seem to get that job. Why does that happen, you ask? Yes, studying hard is important but remember that even if you are the honor student now, never be too relaxed and if in case you’re not, well don’t give up.
Give your best in everything that you do. Don’t slack off just because you did well today. You still have more years ahead of you and as long as you’re living, you will never stop growing and learning.