As December marches in sooner than expected, 2018 and our trip to Tonga comes ever closer. Excitement is mounting, and I find myself daily caught in thought of the unique spring break we will all share in.
This will actually be the very first spring break I have spent away from my family, and this saddens me. For people that have been pivotal in shaping who I am today will eventually not be in my life everyday. I often try to think back to younger days with fond memories, attempting to savor each moment in life right now. Unfortunately amidst obligations and schedules, this is a challenge. However, this embarkment is symbolic, both for the development of character, and for moving into the next season of life. For the preparations proceeding, and the two weeks themselves will each in their own way be impactful and change the way we look at life. I am greatly looking forward to the spring, and appreciate the times already had.
It seems as though each month is filled with deadlines and opportunities that only momentarily exist, and decisiveness is the skill most in demand at this time. Navigating the waters of life outside of high school is foreign, and rather unpredictable. Speaking to peers about their accomplishments, It can be intimidating and I find myself raising personal expectations. So many exclaim their aspirations, and at times it is a challenge not to fall to influence.
Taking each week as it comes, but aware of the future.
This week my Grandparents from Toronto had to return home.
The six year gap between our previous visit will hopefully not repeat, as distance between family is one of the hardest things. With the time we did have, we shared in quality conversation as well as an exchange of life experiences. My Grandpa and Grandma, for many years, have embarked on very similar excursions to the one we will be doing in March. Even as my Grandpa’s eightieth birthday has just passed, he plans to travel to Africa to help with solar panel installation. Speaking with them, I felt great admiration for their devotion to providing opportunity and enhancing quality of life. Although my life has not existed for long, I ponder the time when we are all older. looking back, will we feel fulfilled knowing that we have impacted other peoples lives, or will be regretful knowing that we did not do all that we could? My Grandparent’s lives, I have great respect for. Their choices, and the sacrifices they have made, I aspire to be so selfless and hard working. With their presence it motivated and humbled me to be more than expectation.
I consider that a fruitful life.
And with November coming to a close, a full and fruitful month falls to memory. The night of the auction dinner was a strenuous but rewarding time, and we have collectively reached the goal of enough funds for the entire construction. This brings peace of mind, but also the hopeful ambition to push further, in an effort to bring the absolute best to the inhabitants of the island. It was truly special to see the past Global Perspectives students, and their maintained bonds with each other. It was an image of what our class can hopefully be. Conscientious and globular minded individuals who keep in contact with each other once the excursion and class is over. Of course serving and interacting with guests was stressful and taxing on the body, but it brought a taste for what’s to come once we step off the plane. Early mornings filled with physical labour and high temperatures will take its toll, and it is up to us to push through and complete the mission we have prepared for. Each week brings it’s own set of demands and deadlines. The process is ever repeating, and the disappearing 12th year is difficult to savour. Moments like this dinner are unique and unforgettable memories in high school, and its an honour to be able to participate and share with others what we are doing.
Thankful for this month, and for all it has brought,
Just yesterday was the final meeting before the auction dinner. The ticket money came in, auction items were accounted for and added to the booklet, and the centre pieces for the tables were constructed. It was a productive meeting, and I am looking forward to the night!
I spent most of my time working on the centre pieces, the continuous folding and cutting was very reminiscent of a time I had two summers ago. An event through church know as the Okanagan Gleaners, the youth of the church venture out in an effort to create dehydrated vegetables, that are used as a soup mix, sent to developing countries around the world. The cutting and sorting of vegetables in the hot interior sun can be tiring work, but it is also very rewarding as we were informed that people were indeed using the mix to feed themselves and their children. I found this connection whilst creating the centre pieces, and pondered these small steps that all play a role in the eventual success of our trip, and the outreach to people in need.
This week my dad’s parents have flown over from Ontario, and it has really been a high point spending time with them. They will be attending the auction dinner, and I hope that the mission of Global Perspectives is well represented.
Looking forward to Wednesday,
This past week has been exhausting, and I have been feeling under the weather going into the long weekend. That being said, there are always high points, and whenever there is something less than desirable in my life, there are so many other great things, drastically outweighing the occasional negatives.
Its November and my timetable has been changed again! When selecting courses last year, I had placed History as one of my top requests but was not added to the class. This past week, a student actually decided to drop the class, and I immediately jumped on the opportunity for possible enrolment. By my gracious counsellors aid, and the willingness of Ms. Ho, I have History on my timetable now! A little concerned with catching up, and working on my online classes too, but all in all I am very grateful for this chance, however delayed it was.
I see people I knew in Toronto receiving their first letters of University acceptance, and everyday post-secondary is the popular topic. With each conversation, and intake of other peoples plans, grade 12 seems to slip further to completion. Its already November, the auction dinner is ever so soon, there was a recent snowfall, and teachers are already discussing the term one mark cutoff dates. There is a lot to consider and accomplish. One step at a time.
Hoping everyone has a restful long weekend,
November so far has been a terrific month, and will continue to be, as the fundraising dinner and other exciting happenings are coming closer.
This past Wednesday was a very special day. A friend offered to take me and two others on a tour of the YVR Airport operations, as well as different aspects of daily life in the piloting career.
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – 11/01/17
Beginning in the main hangar, we transitioned to YVR and spent time exploring the airport security systems facility. A very rare experience to have, and intriguing by all the precision and precaution that goes on behind the bustling airport we all see. The Air Canada flight training facility held the simulators which I had seen before, but it was just as exciting as the last time, and everyone who went on the tour had the opportunity to commence a flight. We then ventured to the pilot check in portion of the expansive building. The walls were marked with pilot names and the aircraft they were type rated for, uniforms hung in the closets, and manuals specific to all aircraft in the fleet were present. I felt that this section of the tour really brought the job to life, however, the people are what really impacted me. Most who were on the tour were pilots, and I had the opportunity to converse with them and learn about their pathways to the career. It was truly one of the most motivating moments, which I consider to have fully solidified my passion for aviation. All were encouraging, sincere, and professional, and I dream of one day joining this magnificent airline.
The flight information was just released for out trip to Tonga, and I am excited for the flying journey to the island, but more importantly the destination. Its coming ever so quickly, but first there is an auction dinner to prepare for.
With goal in mind, I will see you in the next blog!
The past few weeks have been renovation for my workplace, and with that, a crammed and busy environment. The entire building is being remodeled to meet the needs of a culture of progression. I liked the old look quite a lot. Airplane models hung from the ceiling, the entire front section could be opened in the summer months, and there was a glorious view of the 26L runway. We are awaiting the arrival of a conventional design with no character, and one which has created pointless waste in the process. Nothing old, everything up to standard. This is a major flaw in our developed world. The necessity to have what’s current and discard what still has purpose. There is a normality for us individuals that comes from consumerism, and it infects our lives by dampening our gratitude.
Living in the developed world means being caught in what benefits the individual, and looking no further than that. Seeing the blind waste at work and in everyday life is disheartening. It serves as a reminder to be grateful, and think in a globular way, considering the people who are in desperation.
Just a couple thoughts I had this week.
As the auction dinner draws closer, the amount of duties to be accomplished have piled up. We recently had a meeting where all the responsibilities were divided up, and the copious amounts of past auction items were sifted through. There were some very random items, and it was a challenge to determine what to keep and what to donate.
I recall attending the dinner for the India students, and commended the professionalism and quality of presentation. I hope that this year we can reach that same level at our dinner, and we produce an exemplary representation of this unique course. In the past class on Saturday, all the planning and logistics arose, and we realized how eminent the night is. The auction items which we have collected so far have been terrific, but we are still in need of more.
People always say that time flies quickly, and as each week passes, the more I’ve come to realize the truth behind this. Sometimes it’s difficult to comprehend. That concept of time we often seem to forget. It reminds you to appreciate all the moments in life, and seek out the positives in every instance. Within Global the time has already disappeared, and it’s sad In a way, but joyful as the actual excursion is ever approaching.
As every day passes, I try and reflect on its occurrences. There is so much to be grateful for, and too often do I forget that.
I had the very special opportunity of visiting the Air Canada Flight Training Facility at YVR this September. An Air Canada pilot, who I have began to build a friendship with offered to take me, and I haven’t been as excited for something in quite a while!
It was a lot to take in. Hallways lined with briefing rooms, large sections devoted to the multitude of simulators, and enormous computers. My enthused self began to think of one day coming to this center to train, and flying for this airline. The simulators are full-scale, exact representations of the physical planes. We toured several planes, and stopped at the Boeing 767-375ER, and commenced a flight. I did not feel worthy to be in the left seat, and although a simulation, I was quite nervous to control an aircraft. We flew out of YVR, and traveled to the downtown core of Vancouver cruising at low altitude.
What a feeling!
Every time I have a new aviation experience, the more I have yearning to pursue it as a career. My friend gave me a first hand experience, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I look to the sky and have a depended respect and understanding of pilots, and I find motivation in the roaring turbines that pass by my window. What a gift air travel is, it connects the world like nothing else, and opens endless doors. Without it, Global Perspectives would not exist, and people eager to help the world could not. If becoming a pilot can facilitate this for people, what could be better?
“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return”
-Leonardo da Vinci
September has been a full month, but a terrific one!
It began with the grade 8 camp, a sleepover at the school with two full days of activities aimed to welcome the new students, and help them build relationships with their peers, teachers, and leaders. Typically during events like this there will be a couple of rule breakers, but at this camp that was quite rare. I was truly amazed by the respect and maturity that all the students had. The most memorable part for me is when you develop a friendship, and their sense of humor and personality breaks out. During those two days I had to rely heavily on direction and order over the group, and I believe that leadership abilities were developed over this weekend. I’m thankful to the fellow leader of our group for doing such a magnificent job as well, it couldn’t have been done without teamwork.
When I hear people mention our generation and the future of humanity, there almost always is a negative connotation that comes with. Its almost as if they have lost hope, and consider themselves the last quality group of individuals to walk the Earth. Sometimes you can see their rationale, but I would say that poor representation will always exist. When spending time with the grade 8s I saw a side of a generation which is overlooked. I saw supportive, motivated, and unique individuals who were a perfect example of what the future of the world and Richmond Secondary will be shaped by.
Since coming to Richmond High in grade 10, opportunities have presented themselves all the time. All it takes is a little perseverance, and your time in high school will be so much richer!