It’s hard to believe that my older son is graduating in a month and will be starting high school. It seems like it goes so quickly but at the same time every day brings a graduation of sorts for each of us. We celebrate the big events in life, but we often forget that for every graduation that we celebrate there are countless smaller graduations in our lives that culminate in the end of middle school. These countless smaller graduations are made in the classroom when you can finally write your name by yourself, or you finally understand you finally understand fractions, or just understanding how much work goes into being a student, being a team player, learning to express yourself so that you are understood and, hopefully, validated for all the effort you put in.
Graduations should be celebrated. They are great milestones with new ones waiting to challenge you in your next endeavor. But don’t forget to congratulate yourself for the work that you exert every day. Often times when we are adults we forget to take a moment and congratulate our selfs for getting through a particularly difficult day or being diplomatic when others are out of control. These difficult days can sometimes be graduations in and of themselves. You know, those days that seem like they last a week? The next day we get up and we do it again.
Just remember, our lives are made up of countless days that pass without particular fanfare. We do what we are expected to do no matter what your day is comprised of. It might be taking care of that next little one, or helping guide the teenager, or finding your own path. We are always moving to some form of graduation.
So congratulations!! You have graduated another day in your life!