New Beginnings

Well, here we are. The first day of the year of the dog and the beginning of a new year that will lead to new things! Beginnings are always exciting. With new beginnings in mind, this is my first blog and I should probably introduce myself. I am Hannah Meier, and I have been a student at SRKF for almost as long as I can remember. I'm 16 years old, and I'm just over halfway through my first year of high school.

To be completely honest, new beginnings are a little scary despite how exciting they are. It reminds me of being at Horseshoe Lake in Jasper. Standing on the rocks, excitement building as you prepare to jump off a small cliff into one of the deepest lakes in Canada. Afraid even though you knew it would be okay. The instant your feet leave the ground and you're plummeting down towards the freezing water, it is the second best feeling in the world. The short swim back to shore is hardly bearable, but once you're out of the water and in the sun it is great. Standing in the sun after that cold swim and frightening but amazing jump is the best feeling in the world. To me, that is the feeling of accomplishment.

Right now, I am standing on the rocks, preparing to jump. I know that everything will be okay and I know that there will be obstacles, however I'm still what feels like afraid. Somehow, I feel that the "afraid" is a masked version of excited. I just need to convince myself of it! Maybe I will feel that I'm closer to making the jump after writing this blog. In all honesty, it has been stressing me out a little bit but I know it's only making me feel that way because it's new to me.  To put out my own thoughts in such a permanent way is something I've never done and it is more challenging than I could ever imagine. I hope that with more practice this will become easier for me and I will find my voice. Things are always the most difficult on the first time around.

Although I'm still on the rocks above the water, I know that I will eventually reach the point of standing in the sun with an accomplished feeling.

I look forward to the banquet tomorrow, which will be great as usual. Everyone performing always puts on such a great show, the speakers are inspirational, and not to mention the delicious food.

I still haven't come up with a name for my blog. It's really been bothering me, but none of the ones I came up with seemed right yet. I will continue to think of one. 

Hannah Meier