This year, I’m thinking that graduation is not only about beginnings, but that it is about victories. It’s about reaching the destination after a long journey.
It’s about many, many small victories. The smile from the secret crush. The pass on the exam you feared you’d fail. The lessons that stayed, the many that didn’t. The race you won, or just finished. The voice you thought would be silenced. The show that brought the house down. The dance that brought you close to ‘the one.’ The illness you battled. The A you earned.
Graduation is about achieving something extra-ordinary- the long awaited goal. Standing in your cap and gown you are celebrating what you have attained. It’s been a long road.
It’s scary though, because after every victory celebration there is the inevitable ‘What now?” For many, graduation is a milestone along a much longer educational journey. For others, this may be the end of formal education. Now what will you do?
Take the lessons you’ve learned forward with you. When you arrived at kindergarten for your first day thirteen years ago, you weren’t thinking about the day you’d graduate from high school, and yet here you are. You made it step by step and day by day. The rest of your life will unfold the same way. Every decision brings you a step further along your path.
Best wishes to all the grads of 2010. May each step of your life journey lead you to contentment. Be the best you, you can be!