Graduation Weekend

This past weekend was a whirlwind of activities around our middle daughter graduating college.  I woke up this morning thinking about the delivery room 22 years ago and that feeling of pure joy.  The emotion of having a child grow inside you for 9 months to be taken out to sit on your chest and gaze up to you as they begin their own life is one of the most incredible experiences of my life. It is an emotional surge of love like no other.

graduationI am really connected to our kids.  It is an insane privilege to watch them grow and be part of their life journey.  I am not so much reflecting on the weekend but all it took to get to that podium where she received the diploma.  It ends one chapter in her life.

Another chapter begins and although there is a bit of an outline it is a time of uncertainty.  There is more of a straight and narrow path between nursery school and college graduation.  Navigating the next chapter is about discovering yourself, what it is you want to spend your time doing to fill your dreams, your desires and your intellect.

emsWe told Emily to savor this moment for a bit before she plunges into the next.  Reflection is important and there are only a few times that you get that time to breath.  Grab the breathing moments before the next step into the post-graduation life.

Above is the commencement speech given by Lin-Manuel Miranda.  Truly worth the watch.