Graduation. The single word that can make a mother cry (ok maybe just me) and make a child and adult beam with pride. The feat of completing study and this moment culminates their achievement. They did it! This is their graduation. High School graduation is the end yet beginning of something unlike anything anyone can imagine. So what happens next?
Graduating from high school is truly the end of an era. Everything changes after graduation. (I’m sure you’ve heard that.) Everyone goes their separate ways in different directions and the friends you had in school may or may not continue to be your friends after. It just happens that way. There’s nothing that says you won’t stay friends with the same people but more people are added to your friends list or like Myspace used to have your “Top 8” list.
I’ve had this conversation with my niece -who is now a high school junior, a lot. We know high school life can be hard, hell middle school and elementary can be tough but life truly begins after your high school graduation. (And I should add these are my personal opinions not gospel- you might have had a completely different experience.) Sure you’ll have amazing memories of proms, debate competitions, Senior skip day, the state play-offs or various awards and events that happen while in school. And some not so amazing moments that you’d rather forget, so we won’t name any of those..
The key is you work hard to get out of high school and then you’re whole life is ahead of you. But if college isn’t your jam then you focus on the workforce, the military or whatever adventure your heart takes you. You’re officially an adult now so you better get your sh** together friend. Trust me on that. Life will be as easy or as hard as you make it. You have no one to blame after you walk that stage, because everyone (in most cases) is rooting for you and wants all of the best for you. No pressure right?! 😉 You got this Class of 2017 and beyond. To the many adventures that await you!
And yes, I’d totally tell my kids, my nieces and nephews and anyone else that I love this. 😉
Tell me something about your high school graduation. Has life turned out like you planned in high school?
I’ll answer my own question, in case you are wondering. It has not, but it’s better than what I could have imagined to be completely honest. I’m happy and I have zero regrets.