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The final movement. The triumphant fanfare of the brass builds my adrenaline. Violin on my knee and bow in hand, I perch on the very edge of my seat in anticipation for our entrance. I hear the familiar melody. It's time.
My heart soars as jubilant notes emerge from our instruments. The strings converse with the winds and brass then we join together to produce, rich, powerful tones. Our bows fly with intense tremelo. The single note builds until we can play no louder. With mighty, fluid motions our conductor signals the finish. The steady rhythm of his white baton ceases. We do not move, still reveling in the echo of the final note.
But our vivid world of music beyond the stretches of reality begins to fade. Our conductor's hands fall slowly to rest at his sides. The spell is broken. We sink back into our chairs, exhaling in exhaustion. But we are perfectly content.
This is what music is about.
I promised to describe orchestra for you in my last post, and this scene from my youth orchestra was one of the most powerful I have ever experienced. This orchestra may be the greatest music challenge I have ever encountered with its intimidatingly difficult music, but it is so fulfilling.
Whew, it's been quite a while since I've last posted! Orchestra, of course, is one thing that's keeping me busy, but it's definitely not the only one. I really hate to go an entire month without a post, but those college apps were calling. I'm happy to say I was able to submit two last Tuesday!
I knew I had to get this post published on a Saturday because, well, the cat skirt on Saturday can only mean Caturday! I unfortunately can't take credit for the cute term--one of my fashionable classmates with a penchant for clothes with cats on them came up with it and I absolutely loved it.
The problem with posting infrequently is that if you wear the same item in a post, it looks like you wear it all the time! I wore this only one post ago, but I promise that while I do love this skirt, I restrain myself from wearing it more than once a week haha.
And as for this hairstyle, it's super easy. I just took a thin braided black headband and twisted a two-inch section through it, adding more hair as I went. If you know how to curl your hair with the headband method, this is the same thing but I only used half my hair for a half-up, half-down style.
It's funny how so much can happen in a month. My final cross country season has ended, for one. It unfortunately didn't end on the best note--I got injured in the last weeks and couldn't compete with my team at districts and regionals. It was peroneal tendonitis, an overuse injury, so if anything, I've learned that I need to take it a little easier in the off seasons and not run so much! While it was devastating at first, one injury doesn't compromise an entire season. My coaches told me to take a look at my entire career; my growth as a runner is still just as valuable to me and my high school seasons were still incredible experiences.
This reaffirms my belief that the journey is more important than the final destination. I may have not ended where I wished, but I still have learned many vital life skills through running. The perseverance. The goal-setting. The teamwork. The leadership. The having a heck of a time with teammates who should be called sisters. My high school cross country career has come to an end, but my journey as a runner is far from over.
There's a local half-marathon in the spring that I'm eyeing. And perhaps a full marathon sometime after that. After some rest and cross-training, I'll be back. I'll be back with no shortage of enthusiasm and resolve to chase down my dreams.
P.S. This song is incredibly inspiring. Skip the French in the first few seconds--it's from a French radio station but the song is very American. Also, I've been keeping up with all your blogs, but couldn't comment with everything going on. I promise to reply to your lovely notes soon, but in the meantime, enjoy what's left of Caturday and the beautiful fall!