Two interesting things happened at graduation.
The first was while the guest speaker gave his address to the graduates. It was, in many ways, a typical graduation ceremony address. Motivational, inspirational, challenging and broad. During the first half he told a beautiful story about the power of dignity and how the simplicity of treating an individual with grace can change lives. The second half of his speech challenged those of us graduating to pursue big dreams and take risks. To take what we have learnt and to apply it to our lives with vigor and immense energy. I liked what he had to say and the way he said it.
…while he was speaking I was acutely aware that I could hear my baby girl crying at the back of the auditorium. She was doing her ‘I am exhausted and need to sleep but I can tell that something really interesting is going on and I don’t want to miss it’ cry. Probably very distracting for everyone else, but for me it was heart-wrenching and distressing. It took all my self-control to not stand up, run down the aisle and get her. But it made me realise that there is no ‘next big step’ or ‘big risk’ to now take, unlike most of my fellow graduates who were pursing new jobs and new adventures. This is my life. My husband and little girls are it. And that loving my family is all about pursuing big dreams and living life with enormous energy. It was nice to realise and it is something that I embrace with delight. I have spent so much energy attempting to discover and define what I am meant to do with my life, that perhaps I have actually missed the point. The point is that innate and deep response in me to run to my baby girl when she was crying. So I am sure that the rest of the ceremony was very interesting and inspiring, but I don’t recall much of what else happened. I was to busy contemplating how good life is and how lucky I am to be surrounded with such good friends and be apart of such an extraordinary family.
(Oh, and the second interesting thing that happened at graduation was that I won the Academic Achievement Award for the post-graduate and masters programs!! So kids, the lesson is, hard work does pay off!! Who knew?!)