Seventeen Forever

It’s been a while since I last wrote anything on my blog and since then, a lot of things happened. I started this blog by introducing myself as a 16 year old study bug, but now I’m nearing adulthood. In a few months, I’ll be 18 and somehow I’m panicking.

Life beyond adolescence isn’t probably as dreamy as I imagined it a decade ago. As you approach adulthood, your atmosphere starts to get crowded with the scent of cigarettes and the sensation of alcohol. Even at my age, even before I created this blog, I was somehow amidst an ocean of pubescent girls and boys who drank and smoked to get away from their insecurities. It wasn’t just in my school (note that most students lived in either the school dormitories or in flats close to the school) that I knew people who drank far too excessively. I had friends at home who had friends to drink with. At school, I knew a few who vaped – which is rather petty if you ask me but that’s beside the point anyway – but the case of smoking was much worse when I met up with some of my friends at home. It was suffocating to go home.

63756446_p0
Kind of reminds me of the bridge I pass to get to the city. The actual place is kind of unnerving for me though. This is an illustration of Enoshima.     NIKの江の島 

It’s rather frustrating when you see your peers resemble your parents after you’ve gone to bed. I’m here trying to hold onto my youth, maybe my innocence, but then I see everybody chasing after their problems and so I’m forced to grow up too. I’m forced to make problems of my own and face them head on. I’ll probably start smoking too, and then I’ll get addicted to the breather it offers. If I could be as blind as I was before, oblivious to how people destroyed themselves and wore their smiles just to fake the pain, I’d trap myself in that world forever.

 

These past eight months, too many things happened. I knew people who killed themselves, who sexually harassed others and who slept on a different couch each night. It’s a twisted world out there, and you realize it once you get a backstage pass to a concert we term life. I got one a long time ago, so even if I try to hold onto the child I was, she’s probably too immersed in the music to hear me out. She died a long time ago, and I just miss her right now.

Well, at least I got that out. There won’t be too many dark posts from here on out, I hope. I’m gonna buy a sports wristband.

61097358_p0
I imagine I look like this each night at my room, minus the cat since I don’t have one. Please gimme a cat. Thanks. PiNe(パイネ) の 青い午後

 

Music Bay 7/10/2017 :

  • Heavy by Birdtalker

  • The Anthem of Mr. Dark by The Arcadian Wild

  • All You Are by John Mark Nelson

I’d like to feature or maybe introduce a few songs every now and then. These would be under the heading Music Bay, as shown above. They’re songs that had caught my ear (?), and I just had to share them because I’d be happy if you guys took your time to listen to them and  support the artists. I’m rather partial to folk music, by the way, so I might share a whole lot of songs of that genre.

 

Or should I just place youtube videos? :>

To Those Who Hate Parties

I don’t know if it’s the fault of my awkward self or maybe my strong sense of guilt, but either way, I feel way too uncomfortable attending birthday parties. Some might think that I’m contradicting one of my earlier posts about Regie’s birthday, but at least we have a close relationship, I have no qualms with getting fat with my friends.

It wasn’t actually a birthday party, it was more of a dinner instead (I am so grateful we didn’t have to stay for too long, though the food was great). Of course I was glad I attended, but my enjoyment didn’t really justify my uneasiness (it’s not replacement, but coexistence). It wasn’t the location or the celebrator herself, but when you aren’t really close with the host, somehow you get the feeling that you shouldn’t be present. It’s not because you don’t want to be there, it’s just that there are people who deserve the invitation much more than you do.

Automne | pon-marsh [pixiv] https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=39409631
Aya has more friends than the people I know (That sounded so self-deprecating 😭), I mean, she’s the kind of person who would abandon her savior so that you get saved instead, and people like her for that. They like her and they become friends with her, there is no such thing as an acquaintance in her world.

However, there’s me. I find her nice and I can’t bring myself to dislike her, but I’m not a friend. I don’t belong in her world, and I bet she understands that. Had I not been on the same trip home with her, she would never have invited me, and I would’ve been fine with that, but I was and a lot of her friends weren’t.

I really am

Aya was seated by the middle of the table along with her close friends. Being on one end of the table, I was surrounded by people I rarely spoke to, and these people felt guilty as well. We couldn’t stomach our food properly because we felt out of place (we really were out of place). When you know your place in someone’s eyes, sometimes you can’t help but feel different when you get a better seat. We knew we didn’t belong in her world, and so we tried eating as slow as possible to avoid conversation with one another and with the host.

The food was great. Too bad, I don’t have actual pictures.

Aya was still entertaining her friends when dinner ended. I couldn’t bring out my phone to counter the uneasiness, ’cause that would be rude. I wouldn’t want the host to think that I found her stories boring (well, I couldn’t hear them from my side of the table anyway). I was just passing time by smiling at the people around me and staring at my plate. When Aya cracked a joke, I would chuckle a bit. I don’t know, I was trying to fit myself in her world, I suppose.

I thanked her family for the dinner and greeted her happy birthday, when she finally let us off. I enjoyed the food, but I was extremely awkward throughout dinner. I hope I can get this awkwardness out of my system.

I just want to sit out on parties. They’re not my thing.

No pics from the party ’cause I couldn’t bring my phone out. :>

The Window Seat

メメント・モリ | loundraw [pixiv] https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=50972906
Since I’m in Senior High now, the privilege of choosing a seat in class is finally within my grasp. Before, our advisers would just strategically assign us seats wherein maximum order is attained, but those days are long gone, and I wish not to cross their paths once more.

Currently, we’re allowed to sit anywhere in class. This is such a big deal for a quiet person like myself since I hated being surrounded by people who were too loud. My eyesight denied me the solitude of a seat at the back, thus, the noise accompanied me day by day.

This year, I chose a window seat for my classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays (Amir takes the same seat for the rest of the week, though I only have one class with her on those days), and I am in love with my seat.

High school feels like a routine. There’s nothing really exciting about my school: we leave for school, we have classes, we go back to the dorms. The most enthralling of the day happens in the dorm, and it often goes along the line of seeing my sims or destroying zombies on my phone. I enjoy the company of my friends at school, but even they can’t save me from the routine. So if I wanted to make the most out of my day, I might as well enjoy the view.

A window seat provides an astonishing view, especially with the situation of our buildings. You can see everyone in the building across and in the swings below. Since the school is in a rural community, the sky is always blue and the grass gives off a green which I thought existed only in 64 Crayola boxes. If you were lucky enough, you might even lock eyes with an eagle soaring above. If it was only possible to capture the scene with my eyes, then a thousand words wouldn’t cut it.

I might be exaggerating the view though, but in all honesty, it might take only one look at the sky to momentarily break free from all frustrations. Well, that coupled with a wind that never stays still. What I also like about a window seat is the constant supply of air that smells like nature. Not the kind of jungle-nature smell, but the grass-and-flowers-and-a-lake-nature kind of smell. I’ve lived in the city center for most of my life, and the air never felt fresh there. Sure, it moved to and fro, but it was half-caused by vehicles, and you could feel particles of whatever attacking your skin. By the window, I feel like Pocahontas, with my hair following the wind, and my self facing the horizon.

So Eca’s disappointed with her quiz so I said “Don’t be sad, look at the sky”… Don’t think that helped

Of course, I could never dislike the quiet provided by a window seat. Only 2 students  surround you, and the noise from the center of the room focuses its gravity there. The sounds radiate from the center but by the time it hits the wall, little can be heard. I know I shouldn’t accustom my self to silence, but it’s quite difficult when the calm is all you long for.

At the window seat, there is a sort of tranquility that revolves in its atmosphere. If you look away from the board and shift your view to what’s outside, you temporarily forget why you’re at school. Life seems like a riddle you’ve solved, and all of your time can be exchanged for the scenery. Enlightenment doesn’t really require years of searching for yourself, it requires finding the spot you’re most comfortable in, and you know you’ve found it if you are able to detach yourself from worldly concerns just by looking around you.

Anyway, here’s a picture of my friend, Eca, and my roommate, Andrea. They’re working out 😥😥😥, it must be nice to be physically active.

:>

Another Candle Blown

Birthdays are best celebrated with a whole lot of people. Although there were only 6 present during my friend Regie’s birthday, that crowd is enough, considering my partial introversion. It’s also a big enough group for a clique that ceases to be present at social and school gatherings (Yet our attendance in report cards are bewilderingly unmarred… This rather makes me question my presence :(:( but I’m not complaining  :D).

Regie’s actual birthday is on Friday, but we decided to celebrate it yesterday, Tuesday, because we can’t keep the cake in the dorm fridges for too long because the texture and the taste go awry after too long on the shelf — it was brought to the dorm last Sunday — and other dormers might gulp it down before we could have a bite (this happens way too often at the dorms).

Unfortunately, students that were not born in summer have to celebrate their birthdays in school. Actually, I’m not certain if this is unfortunate, but we do miss out on a nice dinner, since the neighboring city is about 15 mins away and we’re usually allowed only an hour out on weekdays (Delivery is also hella expensive).

Anyway, I’ve been with my friends since 8th grade, and ever since 9th grade, we practice this tradition of having a feast for each one of our birthdays (9 birthdays in a year) and the celebrator doesn’t pay. Our very first food festival consisted of some 10 people, 10 enormous boxes of pizza, a whole lot of sides, and too much coke. At the time, we were only able to finish half of everything, so we had to give the food away. On my last birthday, which I shared with Amir (Those with adjacent birthdates share the same feast to save on cash), it was during the dorm Christmas party so we asked to go out for 2 hours to buy gifts, but instead we went to have a nice dinner at a Chinese restaurant that might be a tad too pricey for students. After each birthday, we starve for maybe a week or two since we spend a bulk of our money on the feast (’tis retribution) 😄😄😄.

For the friends who weren’t present at the time

So, Regie’s turning 18, she’s the oldest of us 9. I follow, although I’m turning only 17 in November. We’ve only gotten her a cake from this shop that’s famous for its carrot cakes, and we’re still planning on what to eat on her birthday. She said she wants Chinese though, and maybe a  karaoke session after. We always have these karaoke and Just Dance sessions when we hit the arcade. I hope I don’t run out of cash too quickly, it looks I might. 😵😵😵

My railing has been reattached, by the way. :>

I Can’t Sleep

I’d like to believe that it broke on its own, but it was totally my fault since my saiyan hand hung on to it in an awkward fashion. “It” was already fragile to begin with, but I tugged at it too hard when I slipped on the first step of the ladder. I, ultimately, jumped off while still holding on to it, and, apparently, it was an awful leap. It was like plunging into an abyss and my treasures had to go down with me. However, I was so confused when I couldn’t feel the Earth’s gravity sucking me into the void. The world was perfectly in tact. Nothing had changed, I didn’t have any loot, the apocalypse wasn’t coming, and my roommates were all in bed. For a moment, I was battling the atmosphere, but the next moment, there were tiles beneath me. The sudden delusion left me little pain, I miscalculated the distance so the impact twisted my ankle, and I got a few cuts on my hand…

The deck railing was still in my hand, dangling from the unscathed post at the other end. I broke it off. Hurrah, hurrah. I could die at any moment on that deck now, provided that I’d be sleeping soundly. I have crafted a machine that might diminish the unending supply of bed hogs and repel unproductive beings. Furthermore, insomniacs are given one more reason to lack sleep.

夏の昼の夢 | なば [pixiv] https://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=57776293 
On that note, the panic got to me after an hour, and I just couldn’t close my eyes anymore. When I sleep, I sleep in the most unruly positions, such that my legs and arms are hanging off the edges of the bed. If I roll over, and the deck railing is missing, I could only hope I don’t die. I must have brushed past death a couple of times; thankfully, the deck railing saved me each time. I moved my mattress to the floor. I apologize to my roommates for the commotion. It was 11:00 PM, and I caused a whole lot of ruckus. From the rattling of the railing on the bed frame to the thumping of the mattress, even my wheezing from exhaustion, my imaginations must have disturbed your sleep.I know that we all have a long exam today, and taking it requires a good amount of sleep. Forgive me, and please study well. I am truly sorry, guys. 🙏

Anyway, I was planning on telling the manager later, so she can have it repaired. I really hope that they’d give me a lower deck in my final grade next year. There are too many troubles being on top: risk of falling and breaking your neck, forgetting something and having to go back down to retrieve it, very bright light, and being sensitive to every move the person beneath makes. Those are to name a few troubles. I kind of want to write something about upper deck woes now, having come up with those few, I might do so in the future.

I need the deck railing. I also want to move out. Good day, guys. :>

New Things

6a0120a721c2d7970b0128773da656970c-800wi

Though they say that there are plenty of fish in the sea, I happen to like being alone in the vast waters. However, it becomes difficult to cope with reality when you keep: failing at making conversations, clarifying your awkward gestures, and refusing invitations to make acquaintances. So in an effort to expand my world, I’m trying out blogging for the first time, and, hopefully, it turns out to be a pleasant experience. I’ve often been told to be more active on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, but I, somehow, don’t feel comfortable posting my thoughts, knowing that whoever will read them will know who I am. I might not be ready for the criticism that will be hurled at the real me. I’d much rather create a personality online that I can detach myself from as soon as I log out of WordPress. However, I’m trying to overcome this covert fear of criticism, and I can’t simply act as if who I am here on WordPress isn’t any sort of facet of myself in reality. I’ll have to understand the opinions and, hopefully, I’ll turn out to be more sociable. I’m looking forward to trying new things that will encourage me to discover what the world beyond my walls looks like. I hope it isn’t as fearsome as I imagine it to be. :>