In my opinion, we have reached the gloomiest part of the year.
The mornings are foggy and rainy, sometimes still snowy, and the evening are freezing cold. Everyone is tired of the weather and ready for it to be warm again.
This time of year always feels like a stretch to me. Everyone is slightly crabby because of the ugliness outside, ready to move onto the next thing. It is easier to focus on the positive of life when it is bright and sunny outside. Seasons of waiting and stress are never fun.
As a high school senior, I would say I am in one of those seasons. There are times when I feel I am drowning under the countless things I must do. I am trying to do my best to finish my time as a high student school strong, but I am also trying to look ahead and get everything done I need to start college in the fall. I am exhausted in this time of waiting to be done with school and move onto the next chapter of my life, but I am stressed out from the changes the new chapter brings.
During this gloomy week of February, I want to offer some words of encouragement. For myself and many people around me, it has been a stressful week. It can be difficult to remember in times of stress that soon we will be in a new season. It may feel as though you will be unable to complete the mile-long list of tasks you have in front of you, but you will. You will get them done, and you will succeed.
At this moment when you feel overwhelmed, we must all remember to take a deep breath and look around; this moment is only temporary and soon we will be on to another. I am a part of a generation that is ridiculed for its inability to be mentally tough. I am not saying that you do not need to be mentally strong and work hard. Working hard is essential in every part of our lives. I am saying to take a second to pause, breathe and look forward, because if you look at the big picture, your current stress will likely feel small, a fine detail in the masterpiece painting of your life.
Over the course of this week, I have been frantically trying to find something to write about. I generally like to pull from what is currently going on in the world, or an experience I have had recently. During my reflection of where I am at this week, and what I could write about, I have realized the only thing I could write about my own life this week would be dealing with seasons of stress.
So, take a deep breath and look outside. Watch the rain or snow drip down your window, and remember that this is only a season, for soon the gloom will pass and the sun will come out again.
HANNAH JONES is a senior at Flanagan-Cornell High School. To contact her, email Assistant Editor Julie Barichello at firstname.lastname@example.org.