Friday, January 10, 2014

Gossip Sessions, Stress, and Starbucks

Sometimes all you need is a true, 3+ hour gossip session with your girls. It really does solve everything. You can talk about everything and anything from your favorite Starbucks drink to what you all should do on the next girls' night to how you're worried about a friend heading in the wrong direction.

This week, although it was only three days long, was our first week back after a long, amazing, and relaxing winter break. Already, school is killing me. The stress and anxiety that goes along with each semester is simply too much for me to handle. Today after school, two friends and I decided to head over to Starbucks, and before we knew it, we had been talking for over 2 hours. It was great.
After our almost 3 hours at Starbucks, I felt so relieved. We talked about so, so, so much. With bits of gossip in between everything else, we all got to de-stress from the rude awakening from our great 2 and a half week break.

I can't even express the truth in this.

Backtracking to what I said about the stress involved with school: After our first day back, I sat at my desk that night staring at my German homework. I legitimately started to cry, and it wasn't because of homework. (Although that tends to cause tears much too often...) I was crying because I knew the second I started that little piece of German homework, I would be starting another 5 months of sleep-deprivation, caffeine addiction, and constant thoughts of dropping out of school.

The thing is, I don't hate school. At all. I genuinely enjoy learning about the American Revolution, studying Richard Nixon's presidency in depth, gaining the ability to speak a whole other language, and so on. The thing that gets me is the pressure to do well; the pressure to get all A's; the pressure to get into THAT college. It's all too much for a 16-year-old.

Sometimes you have to remember it's okay to be stressed.

Yesterday in yearbook (it's an actual class at my school), I was talking with my teacher who supervises yearbook. I told her about how stressed I was to be starting a new semester. She comforted me with the fact that we are just getting back to the flow of things after such a long break and it's going to take some time getting to used to working hard again after doing nothing for almost three weeks. She went on to say that what we get out of high school isn't necessarily how to add 2+2 or to know what year Lyndon B. Johnson was elected. The point is to learn how to manage this stress for the real things in life. She gave the example of paying bills and such.

This semester, I'm going to try to not let the stress get the best of me. I know this isn't going to happen, because stress is inevitable when it comes to high school. I may try to slip in a few more girls' nights though. :)

Next time you're stressed, grab a cup of coffee with your girls and just let it all out. 


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