You Did It

Here in the eastern US, graduations are in full swing. I see the joy beaming on many faces- graduates and families alike. It makes me want to graduate all over again – if I could do it without going to school. Truthfully, it’s not so much going to school – it’s the tests, homework and labor that I abhor. The long nights, the sacrifices and costs. Many of you can relate to thoughts of quitting–giving up. The reality is many have. Shocking statistics show that only an average 47% of undergrad college students in the US graduate within 4 years. Approximately 62% percent graduate within 6 years. About 19 years ago, I did my walk for post graduate studies. That feeling you get after putting in the work and seeing the results, can be addictive.

‘Sometimes I feel the itch to go back one more time!’

So, if you are numbered among those who stuck with it to grab your sheepskin this year –You did it! The blood, sweat and tears you invested paid off. You may be celebrating with a loved today because you there with them for the ride, supporting them through thick and thin. Today you see them reap the fruit of their labor.

Maybe you didn’t don a cap and gown this time, but you came up higher in some area of your life. You graduated from pettiness, outbursts of anger or self-deprecation. No longer do you play the victim or allow yourself to wallow in self-pity. You’ve purposed to walk in integrity and watch your lips. You’ve chosen to forgive and extend grace and mercy more often. Finally, you’ve taken more control of your health, finances or even gotten better at time management. This is a day to celebrate your wins- no matter how small.

No more school for you? That’s fine. Remember that life is a classroom. There’s much to learn and you will certainly be tested. For every test you’ve passed, every level you’ve graduated to — I salute you! You’re not where you were last year—those changes look good on you. I celebrate your growth and this world will do well to be blessed with the best version of you and the best version of me. Against all odds—You did it!

***Thanks for reading. To all the graduates in school and the classroom of life – I celebrate you!

Published by Restored Heart

An educator, author, a mom, friend, and a girl who loves that Her heavenly Father loves doing life with her. Passionate about introducing others to the Christ who heals hearts among other things....

7 thoughts on “You Did It

    1. You are right about that! It’s not just about the classes– it’s also the experience and the valuable life lessons we learn navigating life with a whole bunch of people from all different backgrounds and mindsets.


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