The title of my post today is one of my most favorite quotes. Read it. Think about it.
Home can take on many meanings, for me it’s a place of safety and comfort. This past week I spent at home, training for work and watching A’s little brother graduate from high school. It has been 5 years since I walked across the same stage to receive my high school diploma. I can’t believe that it’s been 5 years. Stepping into my old high school brought back the feelings of safety and comfort, but it also brought nostalgia and sadness. The last 5 years have felt like a blur, and it made me realize just how precious time is, and reminded me to stay more present and truly appreciate each and every day.
We sat in the gymnasium listening to different speakers, some were serious, some more funny, but the overall messages were the same: Take chances. Stay true to yourself. Don’t be afraid to strive for your dreams and possibly fail. Remember where you are from, but go off on new adventures and create your own path. The school superintendent, who sounded like Kermit the Frog, gave a speech that had good intentions and a good message, but was articulated a little poorly. I hung on to each word he said though, and it really resonated with me. He talked about how in Kindergarten we learn how to plant seeds and grow plants. We start with a seed, soil, sun, and water, but eventually this seed turns into a plant with roots. However, the plant eventually grows too big for the original pot, and it needs to be uprooted and moved to a bigger pot. He compared this to the graduates. Our roots are planted at home, in our town, we are comfortable here, but now the graduates have outgrown this place, this school, and need to be uprooted to a bigger place, to grow stronger, taller, and bigger. I was a little confused at the original comparison, but the more I thought about it the more I loved the comparison. Our roots will always be at home, where we grew up, where we are comfortable. In order to grow though, we must not be afraid to cut our roots and create our own life filled with new adventures and dreams. It doesn’t mean that we lose where we come from, but rather we take a piece of it with us, in the example of the plant, it takes some of it’s soil with it into the bigger pot.
As I sat there watching the class of 2012 graduate, I certainly reminisced, but it also made me realize how much I still have in my life to accomplish. The speeches recharged my drive to accomplish some of my big dreams. I feel like lately I have become complacent with life, and this is not a good feeling. I am going to start appreciating all the little moments, and work on accomplishing some of my life long goals.
So to the recent graduates. Never settle for good enough, and never ever be afraid to strive for your dreams. Don’t be afraid to leave home, and always remember you will have a small piece of home with you. Congratulations!
Here are a few photo’s from my journey home last week…