Fifteen.

Who says graduation songs have to be all I’m-going-to-miss-you-with-every-bit-of-my-heart and Let’s-never-lose-contact-and-be-best-friends-forever. How about those that remind you of how things were – simple, naive, full of hope. And before you know it, graduation. A little more jaded, a little more grown, a lot more hopeful.

Hope for the future. Something you’ve never dreamed of, something to make you extraordinary. 20-odd years in school, and for the first time, you don’t have school to look forward to anymore. This time, the break from school is going to be way longer than you ever imagined.

And you say goodbye to the friends who’ve shared every moment of your schooldays. Those whom you barely knew except for those times you worked on projects together. Those who made classes easier because you had their company through droning professors. Most of all, those you’ll always remember. Through the laughter, frustration, anxiety and helplessness that is school-life.

You hang on to every moment that reminds you of how things were. Before you plunge into the unknown, before you decide what you’ll do for the rest of your life (or at least a good part of it). Before you say goodbye to those who mean the world, not knowing when or if you’ll ever see them again after graduation.

Twelve, Sixteen, Nineteen, Twenty-two. Life before you know who you’re going to be.

Ah, these sappy songs always get to me.

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