Graduation

Wednesday, June 24, 2015



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Some days ago, I attended my little sister’s graduation day. And just like that, it was suddenly bringing back memories of my own graduation. Again, I was astonished by how the time flies. Seems just like yesterday I attended my own graduation, but now it’s already 10 years since junior high graduation, 7 years since senior high graduation, and 2 years since college graduation. Thinking back at my whole life so far, I can feel that it’s all worth it when I know I’ve made friends for a lifetime. Friends that, even though we’ve gone separate ways, the time and space barriers are never matter when we meet again. Our jokes are still the same and our frequencies are never changed. And for me, rather than the certificate we got (though that’s important too) from a graduation, friends for a lifetime are something more precious. Graduation isn’t about a mere paper, it’s more about the moments we shared with people at that place; a place we’re about to leave, people we’re about to say goodbye, moments we’re about to have as memories.

And so we talked all night about the rest of our lives, where we’re gonna be when we turn 25. I keep thinking times will never change, keep on thinking things will always be the same. But when we leave this year, we won’t be coming back. No more hanging out, cause we’re on a different track. And if you got something that you need to say, you better say it right now, cause you don’t have another day.” –Vitamin C, Graduation (Friends Forever)

Today’s song for Moments Of Our Lives is a classic titled “Graduation (Friends Forever)”. It was performed by American singer, Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick, better known for her stage name, Vitamin C. The pop R n’ B song was first released on April 4th 2000 and served as the third single release from her self-titled debut album.

"Graduation (Friends Forever)" single cover - source: en.wikipedia.org

Graduation isn’t about a mere paper we got for finishing a study and having done being a student. It’s more about the moments we shared with people at that place; a place we’re about to leave, people we’re about to say goodbye, moments we’re about to have as memories. It’s quite fascinating that in the “Graduation (Friends Forever)” song lyrics is mentioned that ‘where we’re gonna be when we turn 25’, because I’m now 25. So, recalling this song right now is like a deja vu. Some years ago I sang this song with friends and wondered how we would be when we turn 25, and now we’re really 25. Breathtaking. “And so we talked all night about the rest of our lives, where we’re gonna be when we turn 25. I keep thinking times will never change, keep on thinking things will always be the same. But when we leave this year, we won’t be coming back. No more hanging out, cause we’re on a different track. And if you got something that you need to say, you better say it right now, cause you don’t have another day.”
Graduation is like a bookmark. It divides one chapter and another of our lives. And life, it keeps moving forward. It makes people eventually have to say goodbye to a chapter in order to start a new chapter. And when a graduation comes, we can’t help but reminiscing all moments we’ve been through with our friends. And we can’t help but wondering about the future we will face soon, or perhaps a distant future when we’re a lot older than now. Half exciting, half terrifying. And suddenly, all of those moments are flashing in front of us like a movie. And we hold onto them while preparing ourselves for another chapter to begin. “Cause we’re moving on and we can’t slow down. These memories are playing like a film without sound. And I keep thinking of that night in June, I didn’t know much of love but it came too soon. And there was me and you, and then we got real blue. Stay at home talking on the telephone. And we would get so excited and we’d get so scared. Laughing at ourselves thinking life’s not fair, and this is how it feels.”
“So if we get the big jobs and we make the big money, when we look back now, will our jokes still be funny? Will we still remember everything we learned in school? Still be trying to break every single rule? Will little brainy Bobby be the stockbroker man? Can Heather find a job that won’t interfere with her tan? I keep thinking that it’s not goodbye, keep on thinking it’s a time to fly, and this is how it feels.” Back then when I had those graduations, I didn’t know how it really feels to finally see those moments from a future. I could only wondering what would I be, what would my friends be, how would we’re be. That’s natural, I guess. And now, since I already have had them and finally live in yesterday’s future, I understand how it feels to have reunions; to see those graduation moments from a future. And it’s always fascinating me how me and my friends are doing now. Fascinating that we’re now living in the time we wondered back then. And with some friends, goodbye isn’t really a goodbye. Because when we meet again, everything still feels the same.
“Will we think about tomorrow like we think about now? Can we survive it out there? Can we make it somehow? I guess I thought that this would never end, and suddenly it’s like we’re women and men. Will the past be a shadow that will follow us around? Will these memories fade when I leave this town? I keep thinking that it’s not goodbye, keep on thinking it’s a time to fly.” Graduation is not a goodbye. It’s a time to fly. Memories may be fading, but it stays forever deep inside our hearts and minds. Thinking back at my whole life so far, I can feel that it’s all worth it when I know I’ve made friends for a lifetime. And I’m very grateful for having them. Everytime we have a reunion, it feels like we’ve never been apart. We still laugh over same jokes. We still think in same frequency. We still be there. So if you’re still in school or college right now, live the moments and make friends for your lifetime. It’s wonderful, and it’s worth it. “As we go on, we remember all the times we had together. And as our lives change, come whatever, we will still be friends forever.”

Vitamin C in the "Graduation (Friends Forever)" music video

The music video for “Graduation (Friends Forever)” was directed by Gregory Dark. It contained scenes shot in a high school. Vitamin C has made a song for a lifetime, as the song is well known for being played at school graduations, even until nowadays. It became her megahit and infamous signature song over the generations.

Will we think about tomorrow like we think about now? Can we survive it out there? Can we make it somehow? I guess I thought that this would never end, and suddenly it’s like we’re women and men. Will the past be a shadow that will follow us around? Will these memories fade when I leave this town? I keep thinking that it’s not goodbye, keep on thinking it’s a time to fly.” –Vitamin C, Graduation (Friends Forever)



“And so we talked all night about the rest of our lives, where we’re gonna be when we turn 25
I keep thinking times will never change, keep on thinking things will always be the same
But when we leave this year we won’t be coming back, no more hanging out cause we’re on a different track
And if you got something that you need to say, you better say it right now cause you don’t have another day
Cause we’re moving on and we can’t slow down, these memories are playing like a film without sound
And I keep thinking of that night in June, I didn’t know much of love but it came too soon
And there was me and you, and then we got real blue, stay at home talking on the telephone
And we would get so excited and we’d get so scared, laughing at ourselves thinking life’s not fair, and this is how it feels

As we go on, we remember all the times we had together
And as our lives change, come whatever, we will still be friends forever

So if we get the big jobs, and we make the big money, when we look back now, will our jokes still be funny?
Will we still remember everything we learned in school? Still be trying to break every single rule?
Will little brainy Bobby be the stockbroker man? Can Heather find a job that won’t interfere with her tan?
I keep, keep thinking that it’s not goodbye, keep on thinking it’s a time to fly, and this is how it feels

Will we think about tomorrow like we think about now? Can we survive it out there? Can we make it somehow?
I guess I thought that this would never end, and suddenly it’s like we’re women and men
Will the past be a shadow that will follow us around? Will these memories fade when I leave this town?
I keep, keep thinking that it’s not goodbye, keep on thinking it’s a time to fly”

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