Happy

Happiness.

Something that doesn’t always come naturally.

Something we often have to find elsewhere than ourselves.

Something that makes our lives so much different from those of us the opposite of said emotion.

I can tell you- you can always be happy.

Even if you started at the opposite.

You just have to find it.

All Our Stories

Every single person has a story, a little different from the last. It’s what makes us special. We all grow and thrive in different ways. We all hurt and go through pain in different ways.

    How we’re raised.

    Taught.

    Loved.

Held.

    Broken.

    Torn.

    Pushed.

    And how we come out after it all- is what makes our stories different. It’s what makes us different. It’s what will forever make our stories special.

Let’s Talk About Different

What makes each and every one of us a little different?

The way we talk?

Walk?

Dress?

Look?

For me, none of those things really matter. What makes us different is what makes us special! What we’re like. What your laugh sounds like, and how often you smile. If you’re someone who is a comforter, or someone who will leave a get well card on someone else’s porch. Someone who admires from afar, or who walks over with confidence. If you’re shy, or open. Loud or quiet. It doesn’t matter! Each and every one of your traits makes you special!

At the end of the day- it doesn’t matter how you look, dress, walk or talk. All that matters, is that you’re you.

Because you are different. And different is special.

The Only One Stronger Than Hate

Love.

This incredible force. It has such power and such strength. It is said that the only element stronger than love is death- yet it doesn’t seem to think so.

Love always overpowers hate, I’ve never seen it not. No matter how much you try to hate someone you love- love will always prevail. You can’t just turn it off, decide not to feel that strong sense of security and warmth, it’s like being wrapped in the world’s softest blanket. You’ll never want to pull away, afraid you’ll grow cold without it.

Love is love. There’s no other way to put it.

This incredible force, this impeccable power. It’s beautiful.

I believe that even death can’t stop it. When has the death of a living being ever stopped us from loving them? Never in my books.

It’s love after all.

It’s your Life

There are two things that I’ve promised myself.

1. That I will no longer lie to myself.

2. That I will live as myself for the rest of my life.

1 meaning that I won’t be lying to myself when I want something or when I feel something. I can’t deny myself something because I feel that people around me won’t like it or might feel uncomfortable by the idea, because it’s my life. It’s my life, and I have one life, and I’m not wasting it on trying to make other people happy, instead of myself.

2 meaning that I’m not going to pretend I’m someone else. I’m not going to pretend that I’m not afraid of being left by my loved ones, or that I’m afraid of bugs. As different as they are, they’re both part of me. I’m not going to pretend to be interested in anime, even if none of my much ‘cooler’ friends aren’t. I’m not going to pretend to agree with an opinion if I don’t. I’m an individual person, and I’m me, and I shouldn’t ever be shamed of that.

I think the best thing you can do in life is make two promises to yourself, and make them about you. About who you want to be as a person. It’s your life, live it for you.

Welcome, Summer

Summer is finally here, and that means that it’s finally time for our grade 12 graduates to say goodbye to high school, and hello to new opportunities. It also means that if you live in a place like Canada (like me) you’re finally getting some heat rather than a rainy spring.

I like to think summer is a good break for students and teachers, and a time to have fun. I think it’s a time for opportunities, like traveling. It’s definitely my favorite season.

As a graduate, your probably beginning to think about the future. At the moment, that may be university or learning in your community. Both options are fine, it just depends on who you are, and what you want to do. Don’t hold yourself back, especially if you have the opportunity to study abroad and YOU want to do it. Don’t let people hold you back, so you can grow as a person and a learner. It’s always important to try new things, and sometimes just do things for you.

Hopefully everyone has a nice warm summer, and here’s a little poem about all of the above:

You bloom like all the flowers around you. 

You search all through the night for that one sight. 

You smile brighter than the moon on a cloudless night.

You beam like the sun and you hum alongside the birds in the trees. 

Summer is here and it is time to relax.

It’s time to think of the year to come and to hold hands with a loved one.

Summer is here and opportunities are near. 

Until next time, my friends.

Humboldt Broncos

The Humboldt Broncos are a team in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

They were on their way to a game on April 6. They were on a bus, with 29 people aboard.

A semi-truck collided with the bus, and killed 16 people leaving 13 injured.

They were too young, and deserved to live for so much longer.

It’s hard to know that they are all gone.

Please, take the time to think of them, and wear a jersey this week in their memory.

Stay safe. Stay with your loved ones. Tell them how much they mean to you.

For the Broncos.