Just two years ago, I graduated from high school with my best friends by my side. It's crazy how quickly time passes. Now I'm already half way through college, and my summer internship has made me realize just how close I am to entering the "real world."
Today, I was so excited to see my brother, Sammy, graduate from high school. I'm just going to brag for a second because I'm a proud older sister and I think I have the right to do so. Sammy graduated 4th in his class of over three hundred students. While in high school, he was editor of the newspaper, a star in the school musical, a representative for our high school for several state-wide political groups, and an award-winning movie director. And while all those accomplishments are great, I'm even more impressed by how kind and caring of a person he's become. He is one of those rare people who is truly genuine, and he inspires me to be a better person every day! Sammy is going on to study film at Columbia University next year in the city!
I can't believe how old I'm getting. I know, it sounds silly, but really, 20?! When did that happen? When did my little brother become a man?! I'm not ready for him to go off to college!!
Before graduation, we had a quick get-together with the families of Sammy's closest friends. They took pictures in their caps and gowns! For a while, we were worried it might rain. But, the sun stayed out and graduation was held outside!
Sammy's graduation marks the end of an era for me and my family. We've been a part of our town's school system since I started kindergarten 15 years ago. Now, that chapter in our lives has officially come to a close. It's hard to not feel sad during graduation season. While it's an exciting time to celebrate accomplishments, it's also a time to reflect upon the past, ponder the uncertainty of the future, and say many goodbyes. My best friend, Sam, also attended graduation for her sister, Chelsea. We could not believe that just two years ago, that was us wearing our caps and gowns! Now, my days at Wayne Hills High School are far behind me (except for the occasional pop-in to visit my former teachers!) As we left the school one last time, I couldn't help but recall my memories of my high school days and smile.
Congratulations to all the 2016 graduates, from Pre-K to MBA! I wish you the best of luck as you continue on your journey! I'll conclude with a relevant quote from Henry Ford: " “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” The secret to eternal youth? Pick up a book & stay forever young (it's easier & safer than botox!!)