You did it!!

You made it! What a big deal, right?! To all of the graduates of 2022, this post is dedicated to you! And to one very special graduate, my daughter Janae Frances, the biggest of congratulations to you, baby girl! You did it! I know the road wasn’t always easy but you did it! I am so proud of you, so proud of you all. And, I hope you all are super proud of yourselves!

Having graduated over 21 years ago, I can’t begin to imagine what it feels like, standing on the edge of the future in this day and age. But, one thing that hasn’t changed, I’m sure, is the impossibility to contain the excitement and pride that comes with this moment! All of the hard work is paying off in this moment! All of the dedication and resilience is paying off in this moment! YAY!

I hope you stand here, at the beginning of the rest of your lives, with expectancy and excitement. And I want to encourage all of you to remember a few things as you turn the page of this new chapter of life:

1. You don’t have to have it all figured out right now – I know many of you may have hoped to know exactly what you want to do with the rest of your life by now. You may even think you should know exactly what you want to do. Trust me, it’s okay that you don’t! You are just completing something that’s been a major part of your life for a very long time, and the normalcy that you knew for so long, is now going to be completely different. Give yourself grace and allow yourself to explore yourself and the many things this world has to offer, without beating yourself up for not knowing exactly where you fit in the world just yet.

2. Be kind to yourself – you are a brand new adult, you are figuring a lot of things out, and you will make mistakes. Be kind to yourself! Please. Be kind to yourself. Don’t beat yourself up when you make a choice that ends with an uncomfortable consequence. Take it, learn from it, grow from it, and move on.

3. Try a lot of things – just like when you were younger and your parents tried to get you involved in all sorts of extra curricular activities to see what you liked and were good at, allow yourself to try new things: food, places, cultures, events, hobbies, etc, and approach life with an open mind. There’s a lot to learn, so please, don’t be afraid to explore!

Congratulations again for all your hard work, all the late nights of studying, the early morning bus or car rides, the tears of worry, and the smiles of accomplishments. The road behind you may have seemed long, and it was. And as that journey ends and the new one begins, I commend you, I celebrate you, and I wish you all the best!

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