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Aaron’s Adventures: Apprehensive

“How’d your first month of senior year go?”

Horrific. Appalling. Gruesome. Awful. What other synonyms of bad can I use here? Because that’s exactly what it was.

This month wasn’t a month. It was a year, a long and excruciating one. It was the type of year where the humidity skyrocketed and a series of natural disasters created an uproar.

You want to know why? Let’s just call him the seniors’ best friend: Hōʻike Nui.

Jumping into this year, Ka Papa Lama literally jumped into the fire when we were rushed straight into everything.

I barely even remember August aside from the constant reminders: “PAL week 1 is due Friday,” or “PAL week 2 is due Friday,” or “PAL week 3 is due Thursday, there’s no school Friday…” oh and yeah, “Your whole hōʻike is due Friday.”

Just when I thought senior year was going to be the best year of my life, oh man, was I wrong.

If you’re not familiar with what I did for my hōʻike, I revived Nā Koa Magazine. 

In order to revive that thing, I literally had to sacrifice myself first because that magazine took the living soul outta me!

Nevertheless, I made it through, and now I couldn’t be any more proud; however, that is only the first one. I still got three more to go…cue the stress, anxiety, and mental breakdowns.

Just thinking about this year makes me want to pack my bags and move to Guam so I can open up a coconut-selling shop, like the videos you see on social media because in all honestly, I am not ready for what is in store this year.

But you know what? You just gotta take it day-by-day, minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour. That’s the only way you’re going to make it through these plights.

Current situations may not be ideal, but once you realize what’s beyond them, you realize how worth it it’s all going to be.

For example, right now I am drowning in homecoming tasks. There is so much to be done, but so little time, and trust me, sometimes I just want to call it quits and just give up.

But nope! I just have to live through it because when it comes homecoming week, I know I’ll be the most exuberant person I’ve ever been.

It’s all going to be worth it. I mean, I never get tired of hearing if people like my magazine, and I will be bursting with pride when my class wins homecoming week! (That’s a challenge to all you other classes.)

So you know what? Disregard those apprehensions and focus on what will help you make it through your plight. Focus on any piece of happiness you can find during your time of stress and keep moving, and you’ll get through.

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