Growing up is such a bittersweet thing that every one of us encounter day by day. There is one day each year that highlights this bittersweet feeling when we celebrate the day we were born. It marks the passing of another year of life; it is also simultaneously a time of reflection and of looking forward to the future and milestones on the horizon. The most poignant of these is probably the day you turn 18. It is the coming of age birthday. You finally achieve recognition as an adult but haven’t just yet shed the innocence of earlier teenage years. It is a pivotal time and an exciting one.
I got to celebrate my sister, Alissa’s coming of age yesterday, March 6, 2015. It truly marks the beginning of her life and it saddens me that one day she won’t live with me because of the fact that she’ll be off to college living her life. With the scary responsibilities that come with turning 18, I don’t know how she’s keeping it all together. With her turning of age, Alissa decided to spend it at Cafe Tutu Tango, because of the amazing food and the flamenco dancers. It was a night to remember and I’m glad I got to spend every second of it with her and see what she has made of herself for the past 18 years.
There’s a feeling where everyone has once they found their true passion, and I’ve founded mine. Since the beginning of my high school, as a freshmen, I join the marching band. Not as a band member that play musical instruments but as a Color guard member who shows performance to the audiences. As a color guard, we treat each others as a family, and always love each other, even if we can be annoying at times. There’s so many great things about color guard that brings the person inside of you out. For instance, we don’t judge you if you are good or not because we always work things out together, which makes you feel alive and be who you are, not those who want you to be someone else.
The thing about color guard is that there’s two season, the marching band and Winter guard, which means you can perform even more and improve your progress on flags, rifles, sabers, and even dancing. Honestly the greatest thing about color guard is when the whole team is performing to the audiences, and if you love to perform, winter guard is the one for you. Despite of the many tears and hardships coming through the challenges of the work, even the little bits of sweat counts in the end because you know you have make a humongous improvement since the first day of touching the flag pole.
Not only does Color guard makes you feel alive when you perform to the audiences, joining color guard helps you reliefs stress of school, work, or even family problems. Although Color guard is very time-consuming, it’s the fact of performing and the the urge of wanting more makes me stay. Also, the friendships, where you make new friends and reunite with old friends is something to enjoy. Even though some people quit marching band or winter guard because it was too much to handle or money problem, Color guard makes me feel I have a purpose to look forward to something which made me want to stay. Color guard is a club (extra curricular) that has challenges, adventure, learning, and also help you with time management.
Even though people say color guard isn’t a “sport”, its like saying men and women aren’t the same. We, as a color guard, does the same thing as other sports, we warm up, we run, and other things. Color guard is a sport, and I love it, it makes me feel alive and needed. When there’s no one, color guard is always there for me. There’s moment that can’t be describe how I feel when I see other color guards perform, like a little passion in you, it makes you have the urge to have something more.