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

4 thoughts on “Some Down Time Before I Graduate

  1. Congratulations Matthew! Surely you’ve learned much and we look forward to seeing what’s next in Chapter 2.

    – Angela Dice

  2. Let me add my congratulations, Matthew.

    You said, “Oddly enough I do my best work under pressure, but it sure as heck is not a fun way to live!”

    Please reconsider. Working under pressure can be exhilarating. Deadlines give us a reason for getting up every morning. When I was younger, I worked for an advertising agency. Every day was filled with deadlines… it was great!

    I wish you success, however you choose to measure it.

    1. Thank you very much Angela and John!

      John: I suppose I meant purposefully putting aside something meaning to get to it, but not doing so until the last minute. The statement you quoted above is in reference to procrastination, though it sounded like “deadlines” in general. I totally agree with you. I like things fast-paced, but when I intentionally don’t do something and plan to get to it later…THAT is not a fun way to live!

      Thanks again!

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