Sunday, June 15, 2014

Oh, the places you'll go.....

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know.
And you are the one who'll decide where you'll go.
Oh the places you'll go.”
― Dr. Seuss

What a weekend!
I am finally a graduate of DePaul University....class of 2014---wooo hoooo!!!
When I began this journey several years ago I had no idea how much the experience of completing my college degree would change me.
A friend introduced me to the program that would allow me to complete my college education in a manner that was accessible and manageable with my full time job. The curriculum was creative and flexible and I jumped at the opportunity to register.
During my time there, I learned how much I enjoy writing and that I'm pretty good at it. My curiosity for learning was reignited and I developed confidence in myself in a way that I hadn't been able to before. Another friend who attended my graduation yesterday remarked that this accomplishment is something that no one can ever take away from me. 
I agree...
But it's more than that.

I've realized that I can do anything I set my mind to.
I've learned to push past the boundaries of what I believe to be possible....there are NO limits to what can be.
I know that I have an incredible support system....many of whom showed up yesterday to cheer me on as I accepted my degree.
I've learned that my actions can serve as inspiration for others to pursue their own dreams...which shocked the hell out of me.
I learned that it's never too late to begin something new...

I am so very grateful for the support and good wishes from friends and family and others from all around the globe.
YOU inspire me to take risks and to be better than I was before.
YOU give me courage to be myself even when I don't know exactly what that looks like...
...and when I stumble, you love me in spite of myself.

You allow me to speak from my wide open heart, and for that and so much more...I thank YOU!!