“And now she knows, beautiful things take time.” ~ Anonymous
This time of year it’s almost impossible for me to not be greeted with photos of proud parents, including myself, showing off pictures of their graduates. As well as some proud parents who are also celebrating the end of their own journey into continuing Education. It makes me reminiscent of my own High School and College Graduations. If I want to be honest, back then in high school I had no idea what I wanted to do. I don’t remember much of my high school graduation, except for looking down on my audience and my classmates and thinking, this is it. This the last time we will all gather as classmates. In college my path, yet blurred, my visions of the future, my future begin to take shape my second year. After it was all done, there was so much I wanted to do, places I wanted to see, some of which I have done, many places I have seen. But there is still much to do and see.
Looking at those smiling faces popping up on my newsfeed adorned in their robes, pendants and diamond-shaped hats complete with tangling tassels I wonder if they know how much their lives are about to change. After all the pomp and ceremony has faded what will echo in their ears? What dreams will swim behind those smiling eyes? Will they be tangible? Will they be sustainable? or fruitful? Will they continue dream about climbing mountain tops or will they be happy to remain at its feet enjoying the view from below? My advice to parents is to always encourage their children to follow their dreams, the bigger the better. Respect their decisions, if they fall, help them back up. Babies always creep before they’re able to walk.
It’s true that it seems as though there’s never enough time to do all the things we want to do, that the more dreams we build for ourselves the less time we have to fulfil them. There are only so many months in a year, weeks in a month and hours in a day. While we may not be able to expand those months, days or hours, what we can do is make our priorities more intentional. Spend every waking moment on things and people that really matter to us. When we’re young and full of life, a lot of time is wasted on things we realise later in life really didn’t matter. If you could speak to your 17-year-old self, what advice would you give yourself? What would you do differently, if anything?
To all the graduates of 2019, I celebrate you with love, joy, happiness. May life be good to you and may your dreams be many.
This is my submission to Debbie’s Forgiving Friday series, where she writes about and invite others to share their thoughts on Forgiveness, Self-Love and Personal Growth.
Photo Credit: Jeremy Lavender
The Graduate: My daughter, Synamon Treco
©Etta D. Richards