I’m sitting cross-legged on my bed listening to the Beatles as I write this, just in case you wanted a visual. It’s a very hot day (for England anyway), so I have my fan on and my windows closed.

Only last week did a large part of my life end. That part being compulsory education. I finished taking my GCSE exams, which means I don’t ever have to go back to high school if I don’t want to! I mean, I will be going back, but that’s not the point. The point is, I’m free! For 12 weeks, anyway.

Now is my chance to socialise, something that has been extremely difficult to manage over the last few months as I’ve been studying for those aforementioned exams. I’ve been hanging out with my best friend practically every day since school ended. We just spent a weekend in Bournemouth, a seaside town. The trip involved loud music in the car, mini golf, crowded beaches, elastic-band bracelets, prank texts, and a late-night dip in the ocean. Otherwise, though, I am beyond content just watching Netflix, eating cake, and going for walks with my BFF.

One thing I will be watching (or, rather, rewatching) this summer is The New Adventures of Superman (called Lois & Clark, I believe, in the States). I’ve already watched the whole series about five times. It’s what introduced me to Superman and made me fall in love with the DC and Marvel comic-book universes. It also introduced me to Lois Lane, a character I hold close to my heart, especially as she’s portrayed on this show.

*Stepping onto my soapbox* Lois Lane is that rare kind of fictional character who is perfect because she is allowed to be human. She’s practically a superhero herself: She fights the same enemies that Superman does, but without any of his superpowers. Now, you could argue that Batman and Robin and the Green Arrow also fight crime without super abilities, but that is not remotely the same thing! What makes Lois Lane so incredible is that she doesn’t need a secret identity to fight for truth and justice—she is just out there as herself, fighting under her real name, making herself known (and therefore vulnerable) to anyone and everyone, including those she’s fighting against. This is why, in my eyes, Lois Lane is a real hero. For most of my life, she’s been my ideal, and I aspire to be more like her every day.

OK, I have stepped down from my soapbox and have finished my first diary entry for Rookie. Thank you all for reading. I’m Ananda, and goodnight.

Or good morning.

Evening? ♦