Namaste island friends, vaya con Dios

So…LOST is over.

I don’t really have any deep thoughts or philosophical musings to share, but I’ll just say that I’m sad. Like I said before, I get sad when things end. I can’t imagine how the cast feels after having been through the entire process together for 6 years; I used to get bummed after working on plays for only a few months. You definitely get attached. The end of the show is truly the end of an era. LOST was some great television that redefined entertainment. I’m sad, but the feeling is more…bittersweet. I’m telling you, that word can describe so much of life! But really, it’s sweet in the sense that it was an amazing story and the characters were so deep and the plot so real. It definitely got weird and had its share of sci-fi mumbo jumbo (which I happen to love, oddly), but in the end, it was about the character’s hearts and souls. It’s sad to watch it come to an end because it actually feels like there was nothing else to say or do. The story was over. Time to move on. I’ll miss looking forward to watching every Tuesday night and clasping my hand over my mouth with a *GASP!* when something shocking happened (i.e. every single week). And I’ll miss talking about it with my friends and saying, “What the heck is going on? Was that a freaking flash forward?! And will Jack and Kate EVER work it out??” But the magic will be forever preserved on dvd and you can bet I’ll watch the series through many times. It is just quality.

And I’m sad mostly because we won’t get to have any more parties like this:

You wish you were as dedicated and cool as us, don’t you?

Well, it was great while it lasted. But as they say, all good things…

Goodbye LOST friends (who are now found), I’ll miss you. It’s been real. Keep in touch.

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Ok, now onto real life! This is the last week the girls will be at school and they’re busy studying for exams. It’s so hard to believe that this time next week they won’t be here! I’ll miss them. And I’ve just felt so out of it lately and disconnected from the school and the girls. I felt despondent this weekend thinking about how disengaged I’ve been and I’ve let time slip by. I’ve just been so wrapped up in my own life (and lazy) that I haven’t pursued girls like I want to. So I’m trying to get in some good hang out time this week. Earlier I took one of them to get coffee during a brief study break and it was so good. I just needed to connect with her because she’s had a lot going on in her life and I wanted to hear about how she’s doing. I also watched the premiere of The Bachelorette with some girls tonight – what better way to sooth the ache of LOST ending than with a trashy/unrealistic/it’s-like-a-train-wreck-I-can’t-look-away-from dating “reality” show?! It was lots of fun. We talked and laughed and judged. Duh, that’s what you do. And I gotta say, not all that impressed with the choices this season. Good luck with that, Ali.

Anyway, I’m going to make it a point to be intentional with girls and be a part of all the end-of-the-year festivities this week. I’ll have plenty of time this summer to sit in my room by myself and watch random movies on Netflix, so for now I need to be present and engaged. I sound like a broken record, but I really can’t believe this school year is coming to a close. Life goes by so fast. It’s true that if you’re not careful, you’ll miss it. I don’t like thinking about time I’ve wasted this year – but I was also learning about how the school works and boundaries and all that. I know next year will be easier and I’ll do a better job. I’m excited to continue the friendships that started this year and make new ones. And I’m excited to sit down this summer and think of ways to reach out to girls and tell them about Jesus. I wouldn’t say I’m ecstatic about living in a boarding school for another year and not in a house or apartment, but it works for now. Besides, one of my friends interviewed to be a house counselor, so if she comes it’ll be a blast! I’ll have someone in my corner who loves Jesus and girls. She’ll be a Young Life leader with me…she just doesn’t know it yet. But all being a “Young Life leader” means is loving kids and sharing your life with them. It’s just a label. We’re here for Jesus! I hope Kelly gets the job. We would rock this place.

And with that, friends, I’m off to bed.

I’ll probably dream about Jack Shephard.

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