I know this isn’t really to do with travelling, but high school prom is a rite of passage and an experience which I want to document and remember. This is going to be quite personal and maybe even a little sentimental, so it’s very different from my last post.
Getting ready, although I don’t like to admit it, was really fun. I don’t usually wear makeup, and I had my nails done for the very first time (which means typing this is awkward). I understand why everyone goes all out for this one night, because it does make you feel pretty amazing. Although my dress was not the floor-length Cinderella ballgown I had imagined, and I started the night feeling a bit self-conscious, I had the absolute time of my life! I think it was pretty special for my parents too – my mum helped me choose the outfit, and apparently they enjoyed seeing me wearing something other than Doc Martens!
I was completely overwhelmed when I walked in the venue. There’s something lovely about the Glasgow Fruitmarket’s combination of twinkling fairy lights, old shop signs and twisting, decorative ironwork. I never expected such wonderful treatment: table service and candelabra made it feel truly magical. I honestly can’t imagine a better way to celebrate my time at school!
I had prepared myself for an evening of standing on the edge of the dancefloor, but was persuaded by teachers and friends alike to actually dance (well, if shuffling gently on uncomfortably high heels could be called that)! I’m so glad I did, because, even if my friends and I looked a bit crazy, we had a fantastic time. I’m still embarassed that the teachers seemed more familiar with the songs than I was! When the dancing began, everyone stopped thinking about what they were wearing – most shoes were dumped somewhere by this point anyway – which made me forget about how I looked and allowed me to totally relax.
I can’t believe how many goodbyes I had to say in one evening. Although I’ve been complaining all year about how I can’t wait for university, I was really quite emotional about leaving such a huge part of my life behind me. I can’t say it’s been an easy 6 years, but I have come to know so many wonderful and inspiring people. I’m just going to miss you all so much! Thank you so much for everything you’ve done to help me become the person I want to be.