An Open Letter to Our Graduate

Onward and Upward, Kiddo!

Tomorrow is the big day. Your big day. High School Graduation.

I remember mine like it was yesterday. Always will. You will too.

I was filled with emotion…every emotion. Excitement. Fear. Sadness. All of which have been validated.

Graduating high school is life altering. Everything you know, every-one you know, you, yourself will change. You are going to be tested like never before. You are about to learn who you really are, who you are not, and what it is exactly that you are made of.

Be smart. Be wise. Google “credit score” and know yours; it matters! Make friends. Have fun. Study hard. Call your Mom. Have goals; achieve them. Remember- Where there is a will there is a way. (NOTE: It is NOT, “Where there is a will there is an easy way.”)- It’s important that I point that out. Make good decisions- good or bad, you will carry the consequences with you forever.

You are entering a very delicate chapter of your life. The next few years will catapult you in the direction of your destiny. Again- Make. Good. Decisions. And make good friends, good girl friends, and cultivate those relationships. Those relationships are as important as your credit score.

There will be nay-sayers. Trust me; there will be nay-sayers. Prove them wrong. It’s fun!

Some might advise you to “live in the moment’.  I say, “Think about your future; always.” It’s up to you and only you what that future looks like. For the first time in your life, you have that control. That’s a heavy responsibility; hence, the fear. But you are capable. More than capable. Fear not!

And when your heart gets broken, or you fail a test, or you are $50 short of making rent and think the world is ending, trust me, it’s not!

NEWSFLASH! You will make mistakes. You will miss turns, get off path, and find yourself climbing a rocky hillside, barefoot, in the dark, trying to find your way home. Don’t fret. You will find your shoes. The sun will shine again. And you will find your way. It’s just not guaranteed to be easy; remember?!

Learn your strength. Trust your strength, but don’t be hard-headed. Create your own path. Say your prayers. Be safe. Please, be safe! Make memories. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. Be happy. Get involved. Find your passion; it may take years, decades even, but keep your eyes and your heart open. Beware of credit cards. Call you Mom, again.

Maggie, you are loved (very, very much!) and adored and prayed for daily. I couldn’t be more proud of you. It has been a privilege watching you grow, and I cannot wait to witness your next chapter…and the next after that, having faith that there is a very happy ending!

One Response to “An Open Letter to Our Graduate”
  1. Ginger says:

    I second all of that! Congratulations Maggie! You have you’re whole life ahead of you and I can’t wait to see you succeed!

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