Meghan Stecker '16 | Choir Council President
In this, my final blog post of this year, I would like to start by saying that the Kimberly High School Music Department is one of, if not, the single greatest thing that has happened to me. This group of teachers and students is the most supportive and wonderful group I have had the pleasure to be a part of. I will be forever grateful for these people and I will always hold them in my heart. The relationships I have built through music have been the most positive aspects of my life for 6 years; they are also what make the next few weeks and months more challenging than I’d like them to be.
That brings me to the theme of our final concert of the year: Journey. Our lives are a crazy journey of finding who we are, figuring out what we are passionate about, finding people we love, dealing with pain and change, and learning from all of that to become better people. The graduating seniors are about to take the next step in this journey. We are simultaneously excited and terrified. We can only hope that everything we have done has prepared us for whatever comes next. We are all carefully planning exactly what we want our future to be like. But, something I’ve learned from Parks and Recreation, (which is my favorite, and arguably the best, television show ever) is that no one can be certain of the future. What we can be certain of are the people we care about and doing work worth doing. This lesson can be applied to every person at any point on life's journey.
In our upcoming concert, we will present a variety of songs that all connect to this theme of a journey. These songs depict pain, happiness, confusion, hope, love, and the many different shapes a journey can take. We ask you to join us on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 pm in the Kimberly High School Auditorium to share this music with us and honor all of our seniors. While this concert is typically pretty emotional for singers and audience members, I would like to take a moment to remind everyone that with today’s technology, the people we love are no more than a phone call away. There is no reason to lose connection with the people you love if you don’t want to. It is also important to remember that there are new people to love just waiting for us in the future; if you think about it, everyone you love now was, at one point, new to you. Don’t be so concerned about the people you miss that you forget to meet new people to love.
This journey we go on includes a lot of ups and downs. We cannot be certain of the future, so we just have to hold out hope that the positive aspects of this journey outweigh the negative or that the hard work we put in creates something meaningful. Each person has a different journey and each person has a different reason to go on this journey. For me, that reason is music. I am going to college so that I can share my passion with others and hopefully have the same impact on my students that my educators have had on me. What I hope for each and every single one of you is that you find that reason, and you hold onto it no matter what happens. We can never be certain of what the future holds, but we can be certain of why we are doing it and we can go through this journey, despite our uncertainty, constantly asking ourselves “What’s next?” We can learn from our mistakes, we can love as much as possible, and we can find what makes us happy. Hopefully, that will be enough.
Erin Poggemann '22