Taking the next step in a series of random steps. How strange our journey is through life. You know we try to inject it with meaning, but at the end of the day, all we have are… days marching on.
Ever since I heard that quote from one of my favorite shows Girls on HBO it has stuck with me. People have always told me to set goals or have a five-year plan. However, have found that no matter what I have had planned, life has its own plan. Therefore, at this point in my life, I do not an overall aim or five-year plan. I find that setting short term “goals” and just going with the flow of things works best.
When I decided to college, I didn’t plan on going for a dual masters degree. I just wanted to learn a trade to support my kids and take some interesting classes along the way. Nonetheless, here I am finally graduating. I get the sense from people that I should be more excited than I am. I am excited, proven to myself that through sleepless nights, hours of studying and writing to rewrite papers that I could earn enough credits to get a degree. I know it’s more than that, and it was hard, there were times I wanted to quit. It was the experiences and challenges that have left a staple on me, as well as an incredibly large loan to pay back. But right now at this moment, I’m ready to move on, start my new adventure as a business owner and get into the classroom to work on perfecting my craft as a teacher. So there is no time to sit and give myself kudos there is still much I want and need to do!
I feel extremely blessed that my three boys were able to experience this journey with me. At the end of the day, the only validation I seek is from them. As long as they recognize that is it hard work, and persistence that earns whatever goal they set, I know they have learned something from my experience. I hope that I have instilled in them the understanding that no matter what they do in life things will not just be handed to them, they have to be willing to work for what they want. It made me so proud to look out in the crowd at my hooding and graduation and see my boys. I am happy the graduation events are over and look forward to taking on the next series of random steps.
Cheers to marching on…
Master’s Hooding Ceremony 5/12/17
Westminster Graduation 05/13/17