At first glance, leaving behind high school and heading off to whatever lies ahead may not be all that much of a difference, but then again, it’s not “high school” I’m departing from. It’s the memories and life of a teenager – the dramas, stresses, cornerstones, highlights, and lonely nights – that I will be letting go. Now, it is the next phase of one’s life, but am I ready for it? Indeed, it’s only December at the moment, but the minute that clock strikes three in June, that’s it. What happens then when everything is Gone, But Not Forgotten is not something I wish to fret over. Yet, with your friends going their separate ways, off to different parts of the country, even outside of it, must we start all over again? “Keep in touch” may eventually just turn into “Seen” on social media sites, and long-distance relationships are no better. After having spent years of building a foundation of friendships and memoirs, has it already come to that time when you have to admit to yourself that we should simply move on? This decision…some say [we] won’t be able to do this ten years from now—just leave everything behind and go. ~ Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults, Rachel Kapelke-Dale. But despite next year being a whole new start, that doesn’t mean we should all pretend as if the past never happened. Without it, without them, I would have never reached this far, so while it may feel like they’re all gone, they will definitely not be forgotten. Today, just spend as many moments with them as possible. When we were five, they asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up. Our answers were things like astronaut, president, or in my case… princess. When we were ten, they asked again and we answered rock star, cowboy, or in my case… gold medalist. But now that we’ve grown up, they want a serious answer. Well, how ’bout this: who the hell knows?! This isn’t the time to make hard and fast decisions, its time to make mistakes. Take the wrong train and get stuck somewhere chill. Fall in love – a lot. Major in philosophy ’cause there’s no way to make a career out of that. Change your mind. Then change it again, because nothing is permanent. So make as many mistakes as you can. That way, someday, when they ask again what we want to be… we won’t have to guess. We’ll know. ~ Eclipse (2010). If you do find yourself in one of these pictures and would like to have it taken down for personal reasons, please comment and I’ll be happy to do so.