Friday Morning, I watched fourteen young women graduate from high school. A normal spring event across America, but this graduation was really something extraordinary. Because in one moment, they went from being a statistic to being truly phenomenal women. (They were already phenomenal, in truth, they just didn’t know it.) Fourteen young mothers walked out into the world knowing that education will be the key to their success.
Friday was their day. In the end, they are the ones who did the work, kept going and did what they had to succeed. Being a part of this success for these young women makes my heart swell with pride and my eyes well up with tears.
Now, the real learning begins. The reins that set held them in place and guided them to this point in their life are gone. The answers to the questions they have will be harder to find. Nothing will ever be the same for them. Nothing.
High school isn’t the best time of life. The best is yet to come. It really is. There will be times when they wish they were back in school or had done things differently. It is natural. But what is done, is done and I pray that they know that what others may see as a mistake is an opportunity to grow.
The world is wide open for them. The possibilities are endless.
Congratulations class of 2014!!!
And thank you for all the lessons you have taught me.