Thursday, March 29, 2012

a place in the clouds

I was inspired by a famous Dr. Seuss book for my new blog title.

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose."
Oh The Places You'll Go!

the possibilities are endless.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

she needs wide open spaces

Surrounding me is a mess. I look in my room and see clothes, trash, other random belongings. I don't earn one penny to my own name. Sure a $10 job for my parents so I can go see the latest movies or buy a milkshake, but I have no income.  I stay up late browsing the Internet or watching an episode or two of Arrested Development. My biggest worries are if Culture Night will go well, or if I will survive my last and final Yearbook deadline. 

I'm just a kid. 

However, come a few months, I am out of high school, moving on to college, on my own. No more ten bucks here or there. No more going to school for half the day and convincing Sutherland to excuse me for the other half. No more comfort in the fact that I basically run the school I am going to. I won't be able to get away with the things I do now. No more high school. 

 Let me just say that one again, no more high school

I'll be a poor, unknown, low-life in this world. I'll be alone. But I'll be free. 

And that, my dear, will be worth everything. 

Monday, March 26, 2012

losing my mind, losing control

Let me tell you a story,

I was driving with my little sister to Yogurtland. We came to a stop light. I was sitting there thinking about the book on dating that Mady is going to give me. I wasn't texting. I wasn't talking on the phone. Simply thinking.  The cars next to me started going, so I did. Yep, you got it, I ran completely through a red light. Let me tell you. the shame and the embarrassment I felt was to the max. I was some loser car who just was going through a completely red light.

So why do I tell you this story?

It sure isn't to tell you that I am a bad driver. I will be the first to admit that I can't park my 59ft truck. I turn my blinker on 5 miles too early and sometimes I run over the curb. I am 89.99% of the time a too cautious driver. Sometimes I space out, but I don't text while driving, I try not to talk on the phone, I sit way too close to the steering wheel so I can be sure to sit straight up and pay attention.

I'll tell you why I told you this.

Sometimes in life, we go through these phases where we're just in a daze. We run the emotional, physical, spiritual stop lights. We don't pay attention to the things surrounding us. We just drive by without thinking. We go through our days living but not living. We aren't careful, we really aren't anything. We're just driving.

So wake up and realize where you are because guess what sweetie, the light isn't green yet. You're time will come. 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

warning sign of things to come

The future is a scary place. It's a valley of unknown territory and opportunity. You don't know if you will be climbing up mountains or molehills. You don't know if you will be swimming in a river or an ocean. Really, the future is a world of uncertainty. All can take with us is an ounce of faith and a bit of hope. It's coming and it's coming quick.

"Uncertain of what lies ahead, you need not fear"
Mary N. Cook

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

so close to reaching that famous happy ending

Last year.

I remember last year when we completed our book. I took a picture of the green bar indicating that we had submitted it all. However this year it's a little bit different. This year the green bar represents the work that I have put into 240 pages. To think that in about a week my that green bar will be full is a delightful thought. It is somewhat sad to think that pretty much my time as Yearbook editor will be ending, but wonderful to think that it will be completed. I honestly cannot wait. I'm proud of my staff for the work they've created. I love them. We've bonded so much because of a book we are all striving to create. I have spent countless hours reviewing and reviewing that thing. I know its not perfect. But I'm pretty dang happy with it.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

where did i go wrong?

Sometimes you need to lose all faith in humanity. Trust no one. Spend moments alone. Sometimes you need to sink below. You need to let go. Stop letting those hurtful words echo in your ears. And sometimes, in the middle of all of it, in the midst of the confusion and chaos, you find yourself. Take a good long look into your mirror. Recognize that you are enough. This is it. Cut all loose ends, now opened the new horizon. Build new foundations, create new ledges and jump. It's your life. Stop living it for anyone but yourself.

Be proud of who you are, despite what anyone else thinks.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

when i grow up

Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed.
Never shall I forget the smoke. 
Never shalI forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky.
Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever. 
Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live. 
Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes. Never shall I forget these things, ever were I condemned to lie as long as God Himself. 
-Elie Wiesel, Night

I cannot wait to be an English teacher. 

(I read The Giver as well this past week. Completely different type of book. I loved them both.)

Friday, March 9, 2012

i'll admit, that i was glad that it was over.

I don't think it has been a secret that it's been an interesting two and a half years with him. He was my best friend, He  turned into a guy I didn't want to see, or talk to. I was done. But we were so connected. It always seemed to work out. We were always there, in the middle of the weirdness and the disasters, there we were together again. But we've changed. Both of us. Not just the obvious changes, the ones deep down. I thank him for all that he has done for me, we've just grown so far apart. Distant. It won't be the same. I hope for the best in his life. Sometimes in life we verbally say our goodbyes. Sometimes words can't speak what the heart is feeling. So you say nothing at all and feel deep down what you both are feeling. .

Here's to you, Jake Knell. It's been a great, miserable, wonderful few years. But this is goodbye.
Always and forever, Dondra the Bunny Rabbit.

People change. Feeling change. It doesn't mean that the love once shared wasn't true and real. It just means that sometimes when people grow, they grow apart. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

see the world hanging upside down

Grayson Burdge asks me almost everyday why I am afraid of love.

People change. That's why.

 Desires, personalities, interests, they change. 

What if you hate that change? I mean, hate it. What if you hate what the person you loved turned into? 

Then what? 

Life has so many changes and what if you simply can't love someone throughout all of them? 

What if they can't love you? 

I think that's a pretty good reason. I think you never know just what you are getting yourself into. 

Change is constant. One minute you are one person, and the next, you're another. 

So yeah,  love is a scary thing.