September 22, 2019

I have done an update on my life each year since we started these blogs, so I can’t really ruin the tradition now, can I?

It’s the start of a new school year and although I don’t feel too different compared to last year, I know grade eleven is going to spark a lot of change in my life, both in school and outside of school. It’s hard to say what kind of change is going to occur, but over the years I have learned to acknowledge that change is okay and normal to happen, especially when you are a teenager.

I think the biggest thing for me this year is to figure out who I am now, at this exact moment. I have this problem of thinking too much about the past, or too much about the future when I should be focusing on living more in the present. This is something I try and work on every day and every day I am getting better at it.

You may or may not know that I am very into photography. It’s something I picked up on around the end of grade eight and I haven’t been able to put the camera down ever since. I feel like I’m on a creative high and I’m absolutely in love with that feeling. There is nothing better than being so proud of something that you created. Last year, I took the photography 11 course and I truly pushed myself to try new techniques and create my own style within the art. I didn’t take the course again this year but that doesn’t mean I am going to stop creating. The medium that I have been drawn to most is film photography. Several months ago, my grandma gave me her Canon AE-1 film camera and immediately, I was fascinated. Film has recently made a comeback and it’s the new trend around the globe. I think film is important because it truly tests the eyes of the photographer. It’s not like digital photography where you can snap a photo and see your image right away. With film, you get limited opportunities and it challenges you to get the right shot on the first try. It’s a really fun (and expensive) hobby and I am very excited to see what I can shoot over the next year.

While we’re talking about the future, I guess I should say what I’m hoping to do in the next few years. As high school comes to an end, a lot of us are worried about what career path we are going to follow and what post-secondary school we are going to attend. As for me, I haven’t been too anxious about it. Of course, I am hoping to maintain high grades and get into a good school but as for settling on a career, I believe that I still have a lot of time to decide. Something I have been thinking about is attending an art school. I think it would be awesome to study something I love so much like photography and design. On the other hand, I would love to attend a school like UBC for instance and study writing and communications. I think it’s good that I have my options open and I will figure out what path I take when the time comes.

My main goal for grade eleven is to focus on building relationships with my peers. Something that I have struggled with in grade 9/10 was not opening myself up to more people. I am an introvert and while it is naturally difficult for me to socialize with people, I feel like it is something that I can change. I hope to become more outgoing this year and talk to new people while still growing the relationships I already have. There’s a project I would like to start soon where I document moments in mine and my friends’ lives. Although it would primarily be during our senior year, I don’t think it’s ever too early to start. I believe photos and videos have a magical way of expressing a feeling and I think it will be entertaining to look back and see us experience our last years of high school together. I’m hoping to purchase a point and shoot film camera that I can bring to school with me and take photos of the everyday moments that we tend to forget. We’ll see how it goes.

 

Till next time.