Fly On

Posted on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015 by

Winning the county championship was easily the best way to end my high school athletic career.

Winning the county championship was easily the best way to end my high school athletic career.

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” – Leonardo da Vinci

We all have high points in life. We have great days, great dates, give great presentations, receive great grades. That’s all well and.. erm.. great, but that’s not all there is. I’m really talking about those moments in life where you look back and say, “Wow. That was incredible.”

When I was younger, it was that World Series trip to Panama City Beach. A week of nonstop softball to be the last team standing had me feeling like I was on top of the world. I thought I had to stop playing; there’s no way I could beat that experience.

Not totally true. Winning the state fastpitch tournament my sophomore year was amazing as well, and comes very close. And believe it or not, winning the county lacrosse championship my senior year almost tops winning state.

College, though. After only one (slightly bumpy) first semester of college, I’m back on top of the world. It’s the independence to – and the realization that you ­can – figure out what you like and what you dislike, discover who you are and who you want to be, without the weight of who we thought we had to be in high school.

It’s never going to be perfect, but I can promise you, even just after a couple weeks, you’ll know it’s worth it. It’s worth the late nights studying, the less-than-stellar test grades, the awkward introductions. There’s a simple and dangerous beauty to being responsible for yourself. Yes, even making mistakes.

Right now, I’m sitting here going through my clothes and jewelry and other random things that I’m taking back home to Cobberville. I keep looking around my room, and it’s making me a little crazy with déjà vu. I remember going through this same routine when I was packing for school in August. Checking and double-checking that I have everything I need or want, doing last-minute laundry, procrastinating by playing with my dog… I feel the same way, too. Just like last time, I’m a little nervous and a lot excited. Honestly, I hope it never goes away.

It feels like flying.

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Hey, y’all! I’m Mackenzie McCloud, the Georgia Peach among my fellow Cobbs. I’m an avid taker of naps, unofficial sweet tea connoisseur, and proud bargain-hunter. I’m a softball player double majoring in psychology and exercise science, and minoring in coaching. When I’m not studying, softballing, or sleeping, I also work as a Student Ambassador in Admissions and Student Assistant to the President. ☺
Concordia has become more than just a school or even a second home to me in a few short months. It’s the most amazing adventure I’ve ever committed to – I love my school!! In fact, I shamelessly admit that I have even kissed the Campanile, my beautiful belltower, on several occasions. It’s just a thank you for all of the awesomeness this school has brought into my life – like getting to share this stellar Cobber experience with you through the COBBlog! Enjoy, and Roll Cobbs!