7 Things only a boarding school student can relate too:
1. you learn to share: and I don’t mean just your notes, hidden cookies or video games. I mean you learn how to share and schedule shower times, dinner time chores, responsibility for common mistakes, etc.
2. Sleepovers are not a given: to be able to have a slumber party in your friends room over the weekend you have to earn – it’s not a given!!
3. Friendships last forever: friends you make in a boarding school will stay with you forever. 10 years of friendship with my best friend and counting!! Wouldn’t have it any other way!!
4. We are family: when your classmates become your family and you see them more often that you actual brothers and sisters!
5. You learn how to be creative: creativity is something you catch really quickly as a student in a boarding school as you look for excuses for late homework, late lights out, why you skipped study time, etc
6. You don’t have to wake up extremely early: why bother if the school is only a few floors down?
7. Missing your family: it’s a true fact. This when you realize that there’s no place like home.
Recently I have published a post on societal pressures and how society shapes us to be something we are not.
Today, whilst I was taking a coffee I’ve overheard a conversation at the table next to me and quite frankly was left in shock. It was a small table with two teenage girls and what looked like one of the girls’ grandfather. When I went into the cafe, they were already there so I’ve only been able to capture a small proportion of the conversation. One of the girls spoke loudly and carelessly being extremely impolite towards her grandfather. You could hear her say “I am angry with you. My head is spinning that’s how angry you make me” and a laughter of her friend echoed somewhere in the background. Her grandfather must be in his eighties and must have lived a life full of interesting experiences.
The girls at the table could care less about the experiences and the word “respect” was clearly not in their vocabulary. What if the grandfather was sick? What if he simply wanted to take out his grandchild and spend more time together? It pained my heart to hear disrespectful comments thrown towards the man. Is this what our society accepts? Is it ok for teenagers to act out this way?
Well, honestly this was also disrespectful towards the others surrounding them as we could hear each word spoken by the girl. It seemed like she didn’t even care. I wanted to stand up and just comment and say that one day her grandfather won’t be around anymore and she would live the rest of her life with a regret of not getting to know him! Though I doubt she would even realize this, if ever.
Isn’t it sad though? People have stopped to care about people. What matters most is our hair and make up, shopping, dating and for some of us work – is this really what we have become? I choose to believe that there’s more of good in people and that we still Cary respect for each other and we don’t feel the need to prove anything to anyone. Really it just comes across that one is trying to prove something: too important at work and justify with meeting or to busy with social life at social parties.
At the end of the day just ask yourself who cares? The acting only will work on the audience and every day there’s less people interested in this crazy inexplicable behavior.
We are not in high school anymore so why do we still act like children?
Thunder storms and rain only made our evening in Milan better as we found a little Osteria by the riverside in Milano, Navigli. If ever in Milan make sure to go to this area and whichever place you choose you won’t be disappointed 🙂 Grazie Mille amici Italiani ❤️
Happiness comes in different ways, most of us are looking for happiness by looking for love or our other half, others are defining happiness by the employment that they achieve. But really is happiness something we can easily find or is it something we could much simpler create. To me happiness is found in the little details: for instance when you wake up in the morning to a beautiful sunshine, or when you spend an amazing evening with your friends. Happiness is hidden in details and one has to open up to see them. We can spend all our lives looking for something undefined and calling it “happiness” without realising that in fact what we are looking for is just right in front of us…