Ready or not, Junior Year!
With summer sadly ending, I’m spending more and more time thinking about this school year; my junior year. How is that even possible? Time has flown by so fast.
I’ve always been one that dreads the end of summer, but I am also excited to go back to school and see what the new year has in store! It’s bittersweet for sure, but this year I’m especially taking time to sit back and contemplate (maybe overthink) my hopes for this year.
I have heard people say that junior year is the hardest. Now, whether that is true or not, the idea is definitely implanted in my head. As much as I have been anticipating this school year, you can bet I’ve been doing some worrying, too. Becoming an upperclassman involves becoming more responsible and well-rounded, as well as starting to plan my future. That is scary, even though I know that I have a huge support system behind me that will help me not get lost in the fears and remain focused on the great things to come!
This year I am taking huge strides for my future by taking multiple classes that will prepare me for my career. I hope to become a nurse. It will be my first time taking any medical-related classes and although the medical field is intimidating, I’m excited to finally dive into something I have such a passion for.
And, of course, this is my first year in Blue Jay Journal TV. Sure, it is nerve-racking at times, but I’m so ready to join this family! Trying something new is something I look at with a positive mindset. I know that everything is always as good as you make it.
As much as I do love trying new things, I’m happy to continue doing some of the things I have grown comfortable with such as golf, basketball, and soccer. This is my second year of golf and I’m looking forward to really shaping myself as a player and learning even more about the game. For basketball and soccer, it’s time for me to step up and be a leader. I simply can't wait to play the games I love.
As big and scary junior year can seem, I’m ready to begin it and see where it takes me! Who knows, maybe it’ll be my best year yet?!
Nature is Calling
“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.”
I have never found this quote to be untrue. To me, the happiness we obtain solely from nature is astounding and essential. The connection that humans share with nature is so crucial to both us and the planet, that the amount of people that look past it, leaves me mind-baffled. There are many things I cannot live without, but nothing will ever top the complex beauty of nature and the happiness I get from being outdoors.
Everyday when I wake up, the first thing I do is open the curtains and let the sun flood my room for my many small house plants. Just like that, I’m already grateful for nature before I even step foot outside. Whether it be sunny, rainy or cloudy, I will find something outdoors that is beautiful to me. It can be as simple as the trees blowing in the wind or the sun finding a gap in the clouds, and it will make me happy.
I think that humans get used to overlooking nature or obsessed with changing it. It’s becoming too rare for us to stop and take nature in, and observe how much it truly affects us. Like humanity, nature is ever evolving and unique. I’ve never been one to take it for granted.
Being outdoors is how I find my peace and clear my head, allowing me to connect to myself and stay grounded. I always say, "Nothing helps me calm down or puts me in a better mood than simply going for a walk outside." I’m constantly pestering my friends to take walks with me. They might call it boring, but I believe it is the ultimate pastime. Nothing beats fresh air, pretty plants, and trees.
As someone that is constantly looking towards nature, I realize just how much it has shaped my personality and everyday life. I’m constantly combining things I love to do with my love for the outdoors. For example, photography and photo editing allow me to capture and play around with the uniqueness of nature. My camera roll is full of sunset pictures! I’m always inspired by nature in my art and I enjoy making pieces that are organic and colorful like the outdoors.
Beyond art, my passion for sports also allows me to spend time outside and makes playing games and attending sports practices that much better. Spending time with my family or friends outside always leaves me grateful, both for the people around me and nature.
Essentially, so much of what I do and who I am is because of, or thanks to, being outside. I could never live without it.
Until next time,
Constantly playing sports
and running late. Anyone that knows me, knows my love for chicken strips, going for walks and the sun. Learning to live life in the now.