Written by students, for students.
The official newspaper of Crescent Valley High School.
By Valerie Delos-Reyes
What do I know? I know I’m drifting; I know I’m in that dreamlike state where I can’t tell if I’m awake, the place where ideas come to me. But I know I’m awake; I can tell by the cut on my finger, the way it hurts with real pain, and I know that’s good. I know that pain and being hurt are the only ways to tell if you’ve lived a real life. I know that if I go out and live and cut and bruise myself, it won’t matter, because the rewards of having taken that step and left the safety and monotony of my house — that will be enough, more than enough.
I know I will heal. I know that if I fall too hard, there are people who love me that will make it feel better. I know that if I never experience pain, I’ll never be able to appreciate the beauty and wonder and joy when it comes. I know that nature is wild and untamed, and you can get hurt there, but it’s what came before us, where we were meant to be, so I will go out there and cut my hands digging in the ground and scrape my knees running and falling, and I will get dirt under my fingernails and between my toes, but that’s all right, because life is a thing that’s worth a little pain to live.
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