Re­flect­ing on the re­al­i­ties of life

Shepparton News - - WEEKEND - JES­SICA FENBY Shep­par­ton Chris­tian Col­lege stu­dent week­[email protected]­p­news.com.au.

This year has gone by in such a blur; it is crazy how the years just get faster and faster as I get older.

This year has been es­pe­cially fast.

I al­ways thought that Ånish­ing Year 12 would be such a great feel­ing and I thought I would feel so free af­ter my last exam.

But hon­estly, in­stead of feel­ing sheer re­lief or even ex­cite­ment for the next chap­ter, I feel empty.

This week I will reAEect on the re­al­i­ties of life.

I al­ways try and have a pos­i­tive out­look on life.

I’ve been hurt so many times and although I want to curl up into a ball and not have to worry about any­thing ever again, I al­ways think about the peo­ple I can im­pact.

Every sin­gle one of us has this amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to reach out and touch other peo­ple’s lives.

With a few words we can break or make a per­son. And I know for sure that I never want to be re­spon­si­ble for break­ing some­one apart.

If I can en­cour­age a per­son to keep push­ing them­selves and to not let oth­ers bring them down then that’s all I need in life.

Sure, hav­ing a sta­ble in­come, great friends and fam­ily and all that can seem like the only im­por­tant thing in the world, but I would rather know in my heart that I have helped peo­ple than not helped them.

I mean, how amaz­ing would it be if you talked to some­one and told them to just go af­ter their dreams and you told them they were so tal­ented, and then years later they be­come fa­mous and they thank you and say you were the one that helped them get to where they are to­day. Wouldn’t that be such a bless­ing?

Fin­ish­ing Year 12 has hon­estly not brought me any sat­is­fac­tion, and maybe that’s be­cause I haven’t got my ATAR so it doesn’t feel real yet.

But re­al­is­ing that Ånish­ing Year 12 hasn’t changed me, it has re­ally made me think about what is im­por­tant.

It’s made me think about what I re­ally want to do and be in my life in the short amount of time I have on this earth.

And I know that my de­ci­sion may change but, for now, I want to be that en­cour­ag­ing voice to peo­ple. The one of wis­dom and peace. I want to help peo­ple be­cause that’s what I love to do.

When I was younger, and even still now, I wanted to be a fa­mous ac­tress.

I just love the idea of pre­tend­ing to be some­one else for the en­ter­tain­ment of oth­ers.

I don’t like pre­tend­ing to be some­one else be­cause I want to get away from who I re­ally am, I want oth­ers to be able to re­late to me in dif­fer­ent ways and to know that there is hope and there will al­ways be hope.

While I’m not sure if I’ll have a ca­reer as an ac­tress, or even one help­ing oth­ers, I know there will al­ways be the sun af­ter the storm; it won’t just van­ish from the sky and never re­turn.

That’s how I stay pos­i­tive. I know that ev­ery­thing is go­ing to turn out Åne.

I may go through a re­ally hard time for years and years, but in the end, it’s go­ing to be okay.

And I’m not go­ing to lie, I have days when I don’t feel pos­i­tive and I just want to sit down and not do any­thing be­cause I have no mo­ti­va­tion.

But it’s on these days that you go to your friends or your fam­ily, who­ever you are close with, and you talk to them, make them give you the en­ergy that you need to Ånish the day and get done what you need to get done.

Be­cause that’s what we do for those we love.

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