My daughter is “graduating” from elementary school. Her feelings are bittersweet. She loves her school and has had a wonderful experience, but she is excited to be moving on to middle school. She stated hopefully middle and high school won’t go too fast so I don’t have to attend so many graduations. My thoughts were more along the line of not having to see her grow up too fast.
Like most parents, some of the deepest conversations happen in the car. For only being 11 years old, she is able to comprehend the meaning of many topics I discuss with her. The main point stressed in this recent talk was to enjoy the stage you find yourself living at the moment. Being young is great. It is fun, exciting, and full of energy, but life doesn’t stop at a certain age. I have known people well into their 80’s, even 90’s that were still having a great time.
There are bumps along the way. There are challenges that are sad and/or difficult. There will be periods of uncertainty, confusion, and disbelief. The key is to keep looking forward and find a way to change what is not working. To work towards increasing the comfort and happiness in living a good life. To surround ourselves with people who are good for us, and constantly take a chance of trying something new.
My daughter is 11. I don’t expect her to understand all the challenges and experiences that lie before her, but I do want her to know that change isn’t a bad thing. People waste too much time worrying and fretting about getting older. There is nothing any of us can do about it, so live the age you are now. To everyone who is moving on, remember the past, enjoy the present, and look to the future with an eager and happy heart. You only go around once.