Last week I post my happiness blog post and now it is time for the opposite. As you see the pictures all share the same theme "GRADUATION", it was a happy event and I was happy but there was sadness in all of us that night. We knew that everyone would be moving and we would no longer see each other every day again. For some of us that is a good thing but there were some perks of high school
Picture One: My favorite picture of all time!! This was taken on the last day of school right before all the seniors bonded over pizza and cake. Most of us had bought senior shirts made by our amazing class mates and for a farewell present from our class officers we got a Kadena flag since "flagging" is a big thing in Okinawa (I have a few failed attempts at flagging so I was happy to receive a flag that was obtained legally). Behind me is the famous "black wall" of Kadena where all the selfies are taken and all the unofficial team pictures are taken. I will forever bleed black and gold.
Picture Two: Graduation was a blur for me. I was exhausted from waking up early that morning to go to graduation practice, rushing home to eat take out, getting ready, and going back to school to catch a bus to the venue. I remember sweating under my gown in the back room with all my classmates and trying to make sure my Art Honor Society cord did not fall off. On stage the heat was worse and all of us wanted to go home and sleep. The only thing I remember about walking across the stage was the fear I had that my cap was going to fall off and then the fear that my makeup was messed up from sweating to much. But after receiving my diploma (it was not really in there), we sat down and it hit me that I was done, I was now an adult and off to college. That scared me and sadden me at the same time.
Picture Three: After everyone walked across stage all of us had to walk out to the meeting place for parents and friends. One of my close friends who had graduated a year before surprised me with a lei and a hug, which almost made me burst out into tears. But, before the parents walked up to greet us, my friend came up to me and hugged me tightly whispering "I did it Shelby", I was pretty much his savoir freshman year helping him with homework, lending him my notes, and giving him the supplies he always forgot. That moment got me, I had tears rolling down my face but my parents came up and I had to wipe the tears off and replace them with a smile. I was in the worst mood after that, I did not want to take pictures. I wanted to be with my friends. The last picture is a result of me sneaking away from my family to take a picture with my best friend knowing that she too needed a break.
Sometimes the happiest of days can be the worst. This was one of the best and worst days for me because finishing highschool meant I had to tell Okinawa goodbye and I do not think I will ever come to terms with that