Music: Mat Kearney

14 years of mandatory schooling (that is for those who are in my country, 16 for others or more) and you would think you have had enough of it. The teachers who seemingly did not want to move their buts to teach new things to their students and just resorted to letting us answer all the exercises in the book. Those annoying classmates you have had who think they were all that (or are all that if you are still in the process of finishing your education) whom you do not want to meet again. That undying crush, the young love, the challenges, your friends,best friends, things that you have loved in school, make everything okay and scratches everything about those teachers and your annoying classmates.

Whenever we have a bad day in school, we wish it to be over. Whenever we have the best, we wish to extend the day and live the moment. School life is all about moments (good or bad) and we have the last say which one is worth remembering and which is worth the drainage

14 years for me (grade, high school and university years) and there were a lot of things that I chose to flush and I chose to keep. Just when you thought you have had enough of school and that your wish to be in the real world, earning your own money, not asking permission anymore from anyone (except for boyfriends/girlfriends) going home late, having your own place, reality hits you. It's like a bucket of ice cold water splashed all over you. Grade school, you wanted to be in High School because you think the kids from there get all the freedom they could have. Then come high school, you are so happy on your first day because you feel like you can do everything but more school work is dumped to you. Bigger responsibilities,classmates who would hate, teachers that would drain all your energy, friends that make everything ok all packed into your high school life. Then you realized, you wanted to be in college so that you could do everything else you are not allowed to do in high school. Come university, you cant wait to graduate so that you could work and earn your money and when you do.. *splash* ice cold water in your face.

Most people would want to rush their way out of school. But come to think of it, we should not have had (for those who did). We should have let the moments linger. The real world is unpredictable. It could be cruel, it could be nice, it could be giving, and it could be not.

What I am saying, we should never take our school years for granted. For all we know, if you have not realized that now, it could be the best years of our lives.

Then of course, your longing for school would take you to graduate school. But that is a different story right there, graduate school is all about getting ahead of everyone. And that's a whole new story right there.


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