The last two weeks, I have been blessed with two important life events.
First off, last week I officially graduated from Durham College’s Journalism program. Some may say that is a sad event because a chapter of your life has ended, but I do not see it that way.
Over my time, I have made many lasting connections that I will make sure I maintain and cherish for some time. I have met so many amazing people who made the experience amazing for me. These are my colleagues and my friends. I will not name any names to ensure that I don’t miss anybody, but these are the people that have kept me sane and on track for the entire three years of my program. They have been with me for the good times and the darker times and for that, I am truly grateful.
It is funny how these things put life in perspective, but it has also reminded me how much I am truly blessed to have an amazing family that is always there for me. I appreciate the simple gestures, a note from my mother, simple compliments on my work from my father, even just time spent with my sister. These are all the small things that if you take time to realize them, make life more enjoyable. The support has always been there from my entire family and I credit it as one of the main things that has kept me on the journalistic path.
But I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention the great support from my professors. Without their expertise, their kindness and their patience I might not be the journalist I am today. Their doors were truly always open and I believe they helped me grow.
We all have people who come in and eventually leave our lives. But I feel we must always give credit to those who made you who you are today.
Graduation was not the only big thing to happen to me lately, as I must admit I am one year older as of Monday, June 15.
It is funny, but once again it is just the simple one-line messages on Facebook from my friends that have a way of making me smile and lightening up a long day. It is not always the gifts or the cake, it can be just the simple happy words.
Something that I believe many of us, including myself, forget at times is that it’s the small things that you do that are truly special and appreciated. It can be as simple as showing someone a smile and saying hello or holding a door for someone. I know it is a cliché, but showing small kindness really does tend to go a long way in making people’s days.
These two life events have taught me that sometimes we as human beings tend to move too fast, constantly focusing on what is next instead of what is around us in the moment, and what or who we are surrounded by.
I think at times we should all just slow down and realize the great things and people in our lives. It makes each day sunnier, your stress level from my perspective decreases and I think it reminds us what our true inique purposes are in life. Sometimes, we all need to just put our lives in perspective. Not only what has happened to us, but how we have impacted others with those small things.
I can’t wait to meet more people, and see where the next chapter of my life leads. However, I will never forget the people from my previous chapters. I would never be here without them.
Happy Father’s day weekend to all of the fathers out there!
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