My Universal Graduation Card

It’s graduation season.

In a weird way I find that encouraging. Sure, I find vague annoyance at the overwhelming amount of finals/school ending/i haz a diploma now status updates, but mostly I feel a strange hope for my generation. These are the people who are shaping the future for my children, and my children’s children, and my children’s children’s children…. These people could treat my kids when they are sick, or run the company that gets food from point A to point B so I can have it on my table.

Graduated a loved, ya’ll. Can’t ask for much more.

I don’t have the time, resources, or desire to write a personalized card to every single graduate that pops up on my newsfeed. I do, however, have a very few words to say to anyone who cares to read. I say them now because this is a season of change for many (graduating or no). So without preaching or turning into a Hallmark writer, here we go.

Yay you!

Don’t have any ideas? Facebook will give you some.

You’ve graduated from something! Depending on the amount of effort you put into this – you should be varying levels of proud. You’re not off the hook yet, though. You have to move on to the next thing! Trade school? Undergraduate? Masters? Doctorate? Real life? Yikes! This is big and scary, but don’t worry. You got this.

Transformation is not a future event. It happens now.

It’s normal to feel like you are falling behind. Especially when it seems like everyone around you already knows their major/has a job offer/has the next ten years of their life completely planned out from start to finish and you don’t have a clue. Here is a secret:no one has a clue.We are all just making it up as we go along. 99.99% of plans change and that is okay. The point is you are trying to get somewhere.

Go for something. Pick a direction and head in it. If you just stand there staring at all the endless possibilities and don’t move towards something, anything, you are never going to get anywhere. A degree isn’t a contract. A job is not a lifetime assignment. You can change your mind and move in a new direction at any time.

But you have to go for it.

Try lots of things. Don’t limit yourself. If you end up somewhere you don’t want to be – go in a new direction. Find your joy. Be useful. Be kind.  Be honest. You’ll figure it out and then have to figure it all out again. It is just how it goes.

I don’t have it all figured out. Not even close. My last year was a long series of trying to figure out my life and I don’t have it all put together yet, but I’m working on it. That’s all anyone can do.

And, congratulations.

Bluebell is proud of you.

Reach for the stars string!