BC students (PC years 35 and 36) at RaceRocks, taken by Mark Kelsey. Spring 2010.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Real Love: Zero years, First years, Second years

Here's a link to a poem I wrote earlier, on my grief of leaving Pearson for the summer. It is dedicated to everyone in the 2009-2010 community at Pearson College, especially my friends.

picture of McL's dress like someone else (opp. gender) and then guess House Meeting
oh and reader warning: It is a very very random, emotional expression with one swear word:

It's a follow up poem to one I wrote and posted in January/February called "In Love"

I was inspired to put this new one up here, after reading about some of the incoming first years who are anticipating this adventure of a lifetime. It is amazing how this community (and the wider UWC one) has such a sense of cycle. Our second years were in the place that we are now, we are taking the roles that our second years performed last year, and I was that anxious/extremely excited zero year last summer....

On another note:

If I could say anything to my 17 year old self (how I was last summer), it would be this:

- Relax, Take it Easy...like Mika says
- Enjoy your summer at home
- Wait until you get to Pearson (in PERSON) to build strong relationships and friendships
- Don't overload yourself on information
- Don't stress about packing, things will kind of pack themselves
- Do not bring your whole life's belongings, just bring you and some helpful things they do not talk about in the handbook, which I will further detail later
- Cultivate only your best and most fulfilling friendships and relationships at home
- Don't worry that no one understands, you understand.
- Don't worry that no one really cares that you've just won this amazing scholarship, it's just that their lives are continuing on a different road
- Give yourself a WELL DESERVED pat on the back for all your hard work
- Nothing really matters as much as you think it does
- Life is not about doing, doing, doing, until you burn out. It's the things that make you feel more alive that you should do. And that is all.
- Light the fire within you and keep it well tended,
once you feel steady, once you feel ready, reach out into the world
- For a wise man, named Blaise Pascal once said, "We must learn our limits. We are all something,

but none of us are everything."

And maybe another quote from the classy Coco Chanel to counterbalance that one:

"How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something, but to be someone."

It's an ongoing journey to practise trust and faith and following our own individual truths.
Thanks, Blaise. Thanks Coco.

This blog is celebrating its one year anniversary. Hooray! I cannot believe I managed to keep it going for that long, and hopefully a long time to come.

Love, hugs, peace, and blessings to you.

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