The last post that I posted with this title was full of sadness and nostalgia. I’d just finished high school and youth group and GB, and I was feeling pretty down about it.
This time, I am ecstatic to be writing this post. Why? Because I’ve finished Queen’s Award.
For those of you who aren’t aware, Queen’s Award is the highest international Girls’ Brigade award. There is literally nothing better. It’s been two years of tasks and assignments and service and records. And, as of last weekend, I am finished.
Well, not technically. There’s still the Presentation Weekend, and I don’t know for sure that I passed everything at Assessment Weekend, but I’m pretty sure I did. And if I did, I’ve finished all of the work.
There was a day about a year and a half ago when I realized that I would one day be finished with it. It was never ending, the way it felt at the time. It had a beginning and an ending.
Am I glad I did it? Yes. Did I enjoy it? Most of the time, yes. Am I glad it’s over? Absolutely, 100%, yes.
Part of my ecstaticness comes from the fact that Assessment Weekend was a) way more fun, b) way less stressful, and c) way easier than I’d been anticipating. The other girls there were all really great, and we had an awesome time. Sure, we had to give a presentation at Parliament, and do a couple of tests, but it was an awesome weekend overall.
I find out in a couple of weeks if I’ve passed everything from Assessment Weekend. If I have, I will get presented with my award by the Governor General (the Queen’s representative) at Government House in December. I can’t wait.
Queen’s Award is over. And I couldn’t be happier.