Three years ago, on the graduation day, we thought maybe it will be unlikely for all of our high school classmates to ever get together again. Attending to all different colleges around Taiwan, all of my high classmates were separated from one another. At that time, however, almost all of us were looking forward to the upcoming college life; we dreamed that we were going to “grow up” and become an “adult” as leaving high school. As time went by, it comes to our realization that the unmeasurable time keeps pushing us to move, while the beautiful memories from high school often come up in our minds, yet no one could ever go back to the period of innocence once more.
After graduating from high school, thankfully, some of my good friends and I still hang out together very often, and we are still close, or even closer than we were in high school. Even though we aren’t studying those same subjects at the same school any more, we know how each other is going. However, compared with high school life, going to college was not a bed of roses to me at the beginning. It is the first time I live without my family and take care of every daily routine on my own, from eating to laundry. From time to time, it seems to me that this kind of “growing up” is so challenging that I even want to go back to my high school life, which is, I think, simpler and easier. Then, I come to the realization that maybe it is necessary for people to sacrifice something familiar in order to go into the unknown and someday, perhaps, enter the real adulthood.
Two months ago, I received a card which made me so thrilled. I got a wedding invitation from my high school friends! Though they have been dating since high school, yet it was the last thing that I have ever expected to attend my high school friends’ wedding at the age of twenty!
On the wedding day, I sat with other classmates and our homeroom teacher; none of us had expected that we would once again see each other on this kind of occasion! The last time we saw each other as studying fellows, but now we see each other as mature adults who attend the wedding for the first time without the company of our parents.
I didn’t feel true about the whole day until we finally saw the bride and the groom walking down the aisle among a round of applause. With every step they took, it dawned on me more what the change of time is all about.
Sometimes people believe the things they have been through are much more wonderful, while on the other hand, they might not be willing to accept changes because they feel uncertain about what is going next. That’s the way life is though. However, sometimes the most beautiful part about life is when people find out something beautiful as it comes up out of surprise and all of a sudden. As time goes on, we are going to enter different phases of life and also celebrate each other’s important moments. Perhaps during those celebrations, we will gradually find out we have been through many stages of life unconsciously.
Too often, people stick with what belongs to the past and get terrified by the unspeakable fear for the future days to come. How long have we forgot to take a look at the present? With its pace, surely, life will take us to every place where we are supposed to achieve on time; the unfamiliar will also become memories and be stored deeply in our minds waiting for us to recall and retrospect over and over again.
As the wedding ended, I waved goodbye to my friends and wondered when will be the next time we all come together again. Yet, I know, by then, we will all gradually become a bit different and mature; what’s more, on that day, we will all take pride in ourselves as looking back to all the way we have come!