So this past Saturday I skipped sports day for my jrotc unit and went to a Pre-Departure orientation with YFU. There were about 10 students there from the Carolinas. It's a small world however and I met someone who is currently taking an online class with me. :-) Cool huh?
soooo... we had fun and chatted and got excited for our trips. I'm almost jealous of those summer exchangers, they leave soooo soon! buttt I leave...
July 24, 2009 or 2 months and 6 days.
breathe in, breathe out, scream and shout!
It also hit me that once I leave school in two weeks I will not return until the end of January in 2010. That's a long time from now. But not. I used to think 3 years in middle school was forever and 4 in high school an eternity. Now I find that in the process of blinking, I am about to embark on my senior year in high school, for-going the senior parade and festivities to live in a foriegn country for 5 months. And I'm excited about it. 2 months until my exchange seems like a lifetime, but looking at the grand scheme of things it's a second. 5 months is nothing, half a year, it's a bump on your life story. Just like those 4 years in high school? Really, they mean nothing. And in that regard is a reason I wanted so badly to go on exchange. For the past 12 years of my life, I've gotten up, gone to school, and my life revolved around school. But for what? I mean what have I really done in the past 12 years that's been something. But an exchange trip? Now that's something. Learning German? Even better. Put them together and I've found my solution. I know that my two months will go by fast, and that the 5 after that will be gone before I know it. But for what it's worth, for everything I've done, it will mean something. And I am completely stoked about it. This time next year I will be preparing for to leave high school forever. And that scares me more than my exchange trip ever will.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain
so ist das leben
7 years ago