It's a common word, but with so many different meanings that I simply cannot randomly choose one particular meaning that I'd like to discuss. Having wiped off the dust, I opened my old (not so) Compact Oxford English Dictionary for Students. The last time I used this was no more than a year ago, in fact only a couple of months ago when I was still attending high school and following English classes that I highly despised at the time being. Anyway, it shows me the three different meanings which are 1: Forming an essential foundation; fundamental, 2: consisting of the minimum required or offered, and 3: containing or having the properties of a base, in other words an alkaline. What my dear dictionary fails to explain, giving me no choice but to resort to Wikipedia, is that "Basic" apparently also is the galactic lingua franca of Star Wars. Surely that would have meant something to me, would I have seen any of the movies but since that is not the case, I actually couldn't care less about the different languages spoken in it. (Though Shyriiwook, aka Wookie Speak sounds kinda fun)
Ok, which meaning to pick? The first one is too basic as the word itself is "basic", same as it's meaning. Yes, I am aware that the word usually implies that the meaning of the word corresponds with the word itself but since I'm not caring about any of that I'll just leave the first meaning to be self-explanatory. Personally, I can't really sense the difference between the second and the first meaning so to hell with both of them at the moment. Although the third meaning of "basic" reminds me a lot of all the things I should have remembered and yet I didn't, it's a nice one to start typing about...
The very first thing that comes into my mind when I think of the chemical meaning of basic is "what the hell have I been doing during those exams?" I am aware of the fact that I've never quite fully understood what bases and acids and whatnot are actually trying to teach me in Chemistry class. Not trying to brag, (well of course I ain't trying, I'm merely saying I'm good at something without any effort, how can that possibly be bragging?) I wasn't too bad in that subject but as the years went by and I refused to really study for anything and just fooled around during lessons, things like acid-base reactions simply couldn't make sense to me. Sure, I'd learn how to work with them but understand it I never managed. This all reminds me of the teachers in my former school telling me that it was important to keep up studying throughout the year, yet giving me sufficient marks on tests I barely studied. Who would have thought I might someday look back on those years with a smile on my face? Who would have thought that once, those days wandering those hallways, would make me want to be there again to do it all over? It's not that I don't like what I do now, and it's certainly not about the contents of what I've been taught there, not at all. It's the people, the friends and everything but school itself. I even sometimes miss the days in which I would cycle to that so-often-damned-place to daydream the hours away, only to cycle back home again in the late afternoon or early evening for that matter.
Chemistry, the most terrible class yet the most interesting and fun. It's all about making the boring stuff appealing by adding some great people to joke about everything you read, to the almost ridiculous experimental method of teaching I've ever experienced, and subtracting a crap load of homework by chatting, doing school work and the homework all during lessons and still being able to follow the rare lectures of the teacher, both cruel and kind at the same time. It's all about relativity. Even the worst times can be brightened by the small things in life, thank god. Without them, I wouldn't have survived it through highschool and wouldn't be writing about it from behind my laptop this very moment. Let's all look back, or not, and appreciate what life has done for you so far, because you may not be as happy as you wish to be, but at least you're still here.