So I graduated yesterday….
It still hasn’t hit me yet. I don’t know what I expected but yesterday went so quickly, it felt as though I was just going to any other event. One thing that is resonating on my heart is hope. I don’t know how it happened or what triggered it but I feel a huge surge of hope. It’s interesting what the effect of finishing has on you. When you finish something, the work that seemed impossible to begin with becomes less exaggerated and more attainable. Finishing also makes you so grateful for the process because the person at the end of the story is stronger and wiser than the character at the beginning.
As crazy as it sounds I am so grateful for challenges I’ve faced whilst getting my degree, for every sleepless night, panic attack and time where hope was a figment of my imagination. These have all added to the value of my degree and helped build character, and now I understand this scripture!
3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
The moral of the story is don’t quit. Keep dreaming even when it seems impossible, the only person you have to compete with is yourself so don’t fall into the trap of comparison.
“Follow your passion, stay true to yourself, never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path then by all means you should follow that.” – Ellen Degeneres
There is a yoruba proverb that says
Bí ẹ̀mí bá wà, ìrètí ńbẹ. / As long as there is life, there is hope.
So don’t limit your challenges – challenge your limits and don’t stop dreaming and face reality, I say keep dreaming and make reality, because
“What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
So hope on and remain thankful throughout the process.