Living in the Moment

Hi friends! My name is Hannah Graybill and I have the honor of serving as your 2020-2021 Kansas FFA Sentinel. I am, officially, an alumnus of Labette County High School down in Southeast District. While being a member of the Labette County FFA Chapter, I kept fairly busy. My favorite CDE was Vet Science and in the case of LDE’s, Parliamentary Procedure.

I as reflect back on the days I spent in the classroom, many great memories come to mind. I was surrounded by some of my closest friends, and the most supportive advisors I could have ever ask for. However, even with these great memories, there were many times where I was insanely stressed out. I would have myself so worked up over a contest coming up, an assignment for another class, or maybe even something going on at home, that I was unable to fully appreciate what was going on around me.

Cut to March 13, 2020, our shop had just gotten plasma and the maintenance department was showing us how it worked. It was so cool to watch and everyone was so excited. I, however, was stressing about whether COVID-19 was going to take away my softball season, senior prom, and Aggie Days. I had heard of some of my friends’ schools canceling and could not stop stressing about the unknown. That was the last day I spent in Labette County High School. That weekend, we received calls about an extended Spring Break, and we all know where it went from there.

Now when I look back on the last time I sat in the classroom with my friends, all I can think about how worried I was about things I could not control. Oftentimes I think about how I wish I could go back and relive those last few moments and just enjoy the time I had with those people in that classroom.

In life, there are things we will all regret, but the mistakes we make are what help us with continual growth. Having that memory helps me remember to always live in the moment, being thankful for what I have around me, and not stressing myself out over things I have no control over.

Like Dolly Parton says, “you better get to livin’”,

Hannah