This summer started for me with attending the graduation of Pequea Valley Class of 2015: the very first group of kids I ever taught. And now the summer is ending with these same students embarking on their newest journeys as most of them are headed to college, into trade schools, off to the military, or into the work force. At their graduation, as I sat in the crowd watching each one of my students receive their diplomas, I was overfilled with joy. They were all smiles, bright-eyed, and... alive. They are excited for the next chapter of their lives to begin; they're ready for the adventures to come. When was the last time you felt like that?
Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
Now life moves really, really freaking fast. And it's true, we get burdened down by responsibilities and life doesn't ever stop to wait for us. Sometimes a day passes me by and I look back and found that I did a lot of griping, and frankly, I'm tired of not slowing down to smell the roses, or every other flower along the way too.
The start of this new school year means we have another set of opportunities ahead of us. But we also could start looking at every day like this.
And, god, do I know... It's hard to get out of bed when the alarm is sounding at 5AM and your responsibilities start right away, but I'm going to try my hardest to find something good about each and every damn moment. Even if in that moment, all I can find is enough gratitude to be thankful for the air in my lungs, well at least then I always have that. See, it's really just that simple. We're alive, and it's about damn time we show a little appreciation for that.
We've got another day in front of us. What are you going to do with it?