To my future graduate now and always,
It is that time of the year. Finally the invites went out for your pre-school graduation today. Yup, you are will be a pre-school graduate now. (This was a year ago and now you are graduation from kindergarten as time keeps marching on!)
I am so very proud and happy for you that you have reached this first of many milestones.
Yet, I fear that I will turn around only to find myself holding your high school graduation invitation.
I know it may sound crazy, but still.
See time has a way of going faster than we ever could imagine.
I know you are so very happy to be leaving pre-school behind. Plus, I know you are more than ready to join the ranks of elementary school kids in kindergarten this fall.
Yet, I need to take this moment in time to convey all I am feeling and thinking for what lies ahead.
It doesn’t seem all that long ago that, I was starting kindergarten. Still that was somehow another lifetime ago, since I was a graduate.
But since I have been there and done that, I felt I needed to impart some of my prior knowledge of my own experiences over my past school years’ tenure.
Here are five pieces of wisdom for my future graduate:
1. Read, read, read.
I know you are just beginning to learn how to read. Right now you have learned your alphabet sounds and sight words.
But as you become more comfortable with decoding larger and more challenging words, my one grand wish is that you learn not only to do this. But also to enjoy all that comes with the wide, vast world of books.
Because reading will open all sorts of new worlds that you couldn’t even begin to imagine. Trust me, when I say that being literate is a highly attractive quality to possess for future successes.
2. Never stop learning.
Along the lines of reading, I hope you will find greater pleasures in continually learning. Even from the most mundane and smallest tasks to the grandest, keep trying.
Please understand that you may not always grasp certain concepts when first introduced to you. Also, you will indeed make your fair share of mistakes. Because if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
See learning and practice certainly will make you better at all you try.
3. Be a leader.
Even though it is truly OK to make mistakes, still friends and peers will test you at every turn. But I can’t stress enough that you should try to be a leader and not a follower. Using your brain is a beautiful thing.
See you are a smart and creative thinker, who I hope will march to the beat of your own drum. This will apply, especially as you get older and in your teen years. Just because a friend or even the supposed cool kids are doing something doesn’t mean you have to as well. Because quite often you may find yourself in over your head trying to do something that you aren’t comfortable doing or just might get you in a world of trouble.
As my mother always told me, if all the other kids were jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you? As crazy as it sounded to me, trust me It makes sense.
4. Believe in yourself.
Have faith and be courageous, too. You, my sweet dear child, are capable of the moon and back.
You already have me in your corner. But still I hope you allow yourself to have be brave enough to strive for all you are capable of. Also, be proud of all you do achieve.
5. Think before you act.
As much as I want you to have self-confidence, I want you to remember that one wrong move could have disastrous consequences. See you aren’t the first and you won’t be the last.
So please try to remember this when you are on top of the world thinking you are invincible.
Don’t get me wrong, I want you to be excited for all the possibilities. But still remember that you can get hurt badly or harm others, if you don’t think before you act or speak. Simply put. Try not to open your mouth and insert your foot too often.
When all else fails, please know that I couldn’t love you more than ever. And I am so very proud of you now and forever my graduate.
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This post was written for the One Word Blog Linkup that is hosted by Lisa of The Golden Spoons (who is off this week on vacation), Marcia of Blogitudes and yours truly, too.
The words for this week are: Time or Happy.
*A version of this article was republished on Huffington Post with permission.