Matric Peer Guide
“Holidays are about experiences and people, and tuning in to what you feel like doing at the moment. Enjoy each other and not the sound of the clock.” - Evelyn Glennie
As the end of the term draws nearer and nearer, a small buzz begins to swoop through the school. That small seed of anticipation is growing, ready to break out into a full bloom of excitement. Holidays are here! For some, these precious few weeks are everything we ever needed in life, filled with friends, family and fun. For others, July might not be as fun and in actual fact, long holidays are a daunting and lonely experience for many.
What’s next on our social calendar? What should I wear today? Who should I hang out with? With holidays comes decisions: decisions on what to wear, on what to eat, on what to do - the decisions are endless. But what we tend to ignore is what those decisions cost us after all the fun of the holidays. There is nothing worse than waking up on that Sunday and feeling that unsatisfied and somber knot in your stomach.
BUT there are many ways to stop that feeling from making an appearance. I like to think of the word ARCS - yes, absolutely not relatable in any way to holidays, but it is something that gets me through and always leaves me in a bubble of happiness.
A - Awareness. Be aware of those around you during your holidays. Make that extra effort to invite a friend that you haven’t seen much for lunch or check up to see how she’s doing. Many people get very lonely during the holidays and a small token of appreciation is guaranteed to brighten up not only your day, but hers too.
R - Responsibility. Yes, holidays are meant for fun and we are allowed to let loose but remember to treat not only yourself but others around you in the right way. Actions do have consequences and being safer rather than sorry is a must.
C- Create your own adventures. Holidays are a time for adventuring and taking different journeys. Don’t wait around for someone to invite you somewhere, rather organise a get together. Try different things like visiting art galleries or star gazing - all these experiences make for amazing stories when coming back to school.
S - Stay true to yourself. Peer pressure is potent during times like the holidays. It is important to remember who you are as a person and your values before doing anything. Stay true to what you believe in and never let anyone tell you otherwise.