She's having a snack at her mom's italian restaurant and ignoring all of her friends' calls despite how worried her friend is and she's thinking about how her grades are dropping in school and how everything seems to be breaking since the night of the accident when a friend died
Her friend, Lila, tells her that the coach says she's been temporarily kicked off the swim team due to her grades dropping and her friend tells her that she should really talk to someone and ask her for help as she hasn't been the same since the accident.
She meets the guidance counselor at her school and tells her everything about what's happened over the past few weeks and how everything seems to be spiraling out of control. She tells her she feels like she can't trust people with things after seeing how cruel the world can be.
The counselor, Ms. Morell tells her that it's ok to feel as though things are not in your control because they most often are not. Ms. Morell tells her to follow her outside to see something.
Ms. Morell shows her a contraption hanging on a tree in the school courtyard that she says is called a whirligig.
Look at this whirligig. When the wind stops, it stops moving. The whirligig can't control when it pauses and when it moves on. But eventually it does keep moving. And even when it pauses, doesn't it look beautiful? It maybe just an object but when it stops it's just gathering courage to move on.
3 months later...
You know, I think I finally understood what Ms. Morell meant. Remember the accident? For days afterward I couldn't stop thinking about it and look at me now. I'm a lot happier but I haven't forgotten a single thing about what happened and I never will but now I can move on because I decided to trust what I have and got the courage to move on.