By: Shannon Boatwright
“You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing, but what you’ll discover will be wonderful.
What you’ll discover will be yourself.”
– Alan Alda (American actor, director, screenwriter, and author. A six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, he is widely known for his roles as Captain Hawkeye Pierce in the TV series M*A*S*H and Arnold Vinick in The West Wing.)
In the wake of graduations all across the state, so many thoughts cross my mind and fill my heart. As I see former students graduating and hear dear friends of mine with children at that age, declaring, “I can’t believe my baby is graduating!” – a whirlwind of emotions come into play.
First, I cannot imagine my own children being old enough to graduate from high school, much less college – them starting preschool was traumatic enough! When both my babies are in high school, it’s going to be quite the reality check for this little Mama.
Second, I think back to when I graduated and boy does that ever send the memories flooding through the mind! So when I read the quote above, by the amazing Alan Alda, I reflect and wonder if these brilliant young graduates truly grasp the fact that they’ve got the whole world at their feet. They’ve got so much opportunity within their reach! Oh to be young again and be in that position to decide all the exciting places I could go!
When I look back to my days right out of college, one of the best things I ever did was venture out on my own and move across the country to Los Angeles. I definitely left my comfort zone, took huge risks, and learned that it took hard work to accomplish great things. That big move helped me to discover myself. And I would’ve never experienced that level of discovery had I never adventured away from my hometown. My wish for all these young ones oozing with potential is that they will allow themselves the opportunity to discover, take life by the reins, own it, and make great things happen, as they hopefully discover the most wonderful things about themselves.
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the one who’ll decide where to go.
– “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss 🙂