Daily Archives: June 12, 2009

Some Down Time Before I Graduate

Central Kitsap Class of 09 (you can spot me at the bottom of the "9" right in the middle wearing a shirt with gray/black stripes and white sleeves!)
Central Kitsap Class of 09 (you can spot me at the bottom of the "9" right in the middle wearing a shirt with gray/black stripes and white sleeves!)

I will be getting my high school diploma in just a few hours, a moment that will be satisfying, exhausting, and, believe it or not, saddening. Chapter 1 of my life is closing, and it was certainly written at  a breakneck speed. So many people to thank, so many things to look back on and smile upon (as well as frown upon) and so many adventures I have planned for my second chapter of “Life”.

As my ASB Advisor, Diane Fox, said to me earlier in the school year, “We are not strongest when we frolic through the daises but when we trudge through the weeds.” I most certainly have not had a life skipping through daises, but compared to so many others, I feel almost guilty by how smooth and tragedy-free my life has been for 18 years and sometimes I can’t help but wonder, “Am I prepared for the real world now? ” But it is important to remember challenges/trials come in many different forms. They aren’t all physical. Sometimes they can be emotional, spiritual, mental, social…there are a NUMBER of issues we all deal with everyday, but as weakening as some of them may be, none of us can walk away and say that it hasn’t helped in some area of our lives.

Anyway, from pre-school to senior year it has been an intellectually thrilling, spiritually uplifting and socially expanding  journey for me that I will always remember. Why? Because I’ve kept a journal 😉 But there are plenty of things in my life that have occured that I will remember forever, even if they weren’t written down.

I better get ready for graduation now. That’s one thing I have struggled with since elementary school: procrastination. Oddly enough I do my best work under pressure, but it sure as heck is not a fun way to live!

Thanks for your support, Kitsap!

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap

forecastingkitsap@live.com