It’s that time of year. Graduations.
I have two friends who have sons graduating from high school. They are handling it with much more peace and grace that I will I’m sure. Of course their kids are also not going far to college so that helps.
Dylan is graduating from kindergarten. So far, I am handling it will a peace and grace I didn’t really expect. Truthfully, I am more stoic than outwardly emotional. I tend to show my emotions in my words and not on my face. We aren’t having a graduation ceremony that I know of. Just a picnic.
Christopher is graduating from 3rd grade. Which is, at least to me, another turning point. You move to the top of the elementary school grades. I remember that things changed a lot for us as kids between 3rd and 4th grades. There was just a new level of expectation. More independence. 4th grade was when I really discovered how much fun writing can be, and why you need to read to be a good writer.
My mom is retiring. We had her retirement party last week. She is a reading teacher. For another 11 days anyway. I think she is really looking forward to not having to make lesson plans, but I know she is really going to miss her kids. A lot.
With all the graduations happening, it got me thinking. I need to graduate too. You do too most likely.
A graduation is just a division. A point in life where you markedly move from one thing to another. You work at something making changes by degrees. You pass a grade. You finish a class. You begin to change your diet and exercise habits. But at some point, you need to recognize just how far you have come. Graduation.
I didn’t attend my college graduation. Or my other college graduation when I got my Masters degree. But I will attend my personal graduation this Spring.
I am not the same person I was 4 years ago. I am stronger, in better shape, more organized, and in control of my own happiness. I am independent and have specific goals I am working towards. It is time I recognize that I am this person. That I have worked hard to get here. And I deserve to celebrate this series of victories.
I’m sure that if you think about it, you have had a series of victories as well. No matter how rough life has gotten for you in the last 4 years, no matter what trials you have had, there are still successes. Let’s celebrate them!
What will you celebrate this spring? What have you achieved?
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