This week flew by, seriously. I did a lot of fun things, such as visiting George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate for Fourth of July fireworks and hitting up the National Museum of American History and a hip new vegan restaurant in DC (did I mention I love DC? Because I do. I was also very creative this week; On Tuesday I created my own Hamilton itty bittys, and on Wednesday I made my very own doll of Eliza from Hamilton (if you can’t tell, I like Hamilton). On Friday I had my eyes dilated by the eye doctor, which was kind of terrible but also interesting, and on Saturday I attended a graduation party for one of my friends! Also, on Friday, we got hard wood installed in our den and living room! Our house is so fancy now. This morning me and my dad biked for an hour (well, I did) and then ran for about two hours in College Park. We are getting really good at navigating my new college home, which makes me feel better about having to move there in a month and a half.
Here are some pictures of my adventures this week:
If I’m being honest, I’m not sure how many solid life lessons I picked up this week. However, I will persevere.
Life Lesson #1: Change can suck but it is an unavoidable part of life
It’s no secret that the prospect of packing up and moving to college is extremely terrifying to me. I like my life right now. I’m used to it, I’m good at it. I don’t really want to dive into uncharted waters right now. But I’m going to. For practice. Because I’m going to have to deal with big scary changes my entire life. I was freaked out about going to high school, too, and I figured that out. I will figure this out.
In addition, yesterday (July 9th), three OBC Hamilton cast members performed their last show: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Philippa Soo, and Leslie Odom Jr. All beautiful, all awesome, all amazing. But they couldn’t stay forever. And while am I beautiful, awesome, and amazing, I can’t stay in my comfy home life forever.
There’s a quote, and I don’t know who said it, but it goes like this: “A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.”
It sucks, I know. But that’s life.
Life Lesson #2: It feels good to make things with your hands
Now, I’m not saying that everything I make by hand is necessarily useful, because it’s not. I make things that are cute and quick, like sock bunnies and basic little fabric marker dollies. None of what I do is exceedingly time-consuming, challenging, or even impressive. I’m clearly an amateur. And that’s fine. My final products make up with cuteness what they lack in professionalism.
It is no secret that I cannot stand being idle, or that I’m bad at sitting still. I love to be engaged. I like to feel useful. Little crafts are an easy way for me to feel occupied, while still not being taxing enough to make me feel stressed. For the most part, I could care less about the quality of the product. For me, it’s all about having something to do.
And, hey, I’m becoming a pretty good seamstress simultaneously, and sewing is a really useful skill to have under my belt.
I know I usually do three life lessons, but I honestly do not have any more wisdom to dole out. Sorry, folks.
See you next week!