Graduation Season

Ever since I first heard a recording of John Lennon’s Imagine, I’ve placed significant meaning on the word ‘season’ when pertaining to my life. Even as a child I understood that there is a time for everything. As an adult, I see there’s an even deeper meaning. There’s a proper time and place for everything and everyone.

I used to think that I had to be doing something productive in order to be seen by others as living my life. I became a nurse in my early twenties. After becoming disabled, I pursued my education with an Assoc. Degree in Business Administration in 2005, and went for my BA in Healthcare Management in 2009-2015 after taking a year off due to major deaths in my family. I came two credits shy of that degree after running out of financial aid. Four years later, I’m still researching alternatives so I can graduate. But see, it’s not my season

I learned about nursing, business, finance, healthcare, and politics. But I learned so much more about myself. When determined, I can move mountains! I can do anything I put my mind to as long as I have the resources needed to do so. For some that resource is sheer stubbornness or determination itself.

Friday, our 6 year old twins graduated from Kindergarten. I was determined to be there for them so I walked five blocks to get there just in time. When they came to us they were both scoring beneath their grade levels. About two weeks ago, they were both scoring at grade level. Together they were awarded for citizenship, 100 sight words, and most improved students.

We worked hard with them each night and taught them beginner study habits that made it easier to learn and retain information. It doesn’t hurt that my mom is a retired pre-school teacher. Their teachers were very supportive and instrumental in their success as well. This was their season to grow from babies to kids. It was my season to grow as a caregiver and aunt and my season to humble myself and accept help from really good people.

I was also overjoyed to see the last of my old church youth group children graduate from high school. Their pictures were amazing!! I wish I could have been there in person for each one of them. I hope they don’t mind me mentioning their names but Emanuel “ManMan” Lucious and Nevaeh Gladney I am so very proud of the two of you and I love you!!

To them and all the graduating classes of 2019, from Kindergarten through College this is only the beginning! Reach high beyond the stars and be the best you can be every day! Live life to the fullest and don’t get caught up on the crazy stuff. The world you are embarking on is a much uglier place than generations past, but you all are tough enough to change it! Live your best life and elevate yourself constantly! The best advice I have is to never think it’s too late or too soon to accomplish your dreams; it’s your season!

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