Sunday, May 10, 2009

This is the story of my life

Yesterday, Trevor graduated from college. He had his Associates degree since right after high school. He had always wanted to go back and get his bachelor's degree. A few years ago, he went to work for a company that offered a tuition reimbursement program. He took advantage of that and enrolled in an adult degree program immediately upon being hired.

Trevor has spent the last two years, going to school one or two nights a week, doing homework on the weekends and at night after I've gone to bed. Yesterday, it was complete and he walked across the stage to accept his diploma.

As I was sitting in the audience, with his mom and dad, I started to think of all the events that we use as markers in our lives. This was one of them. Many of the people who were graduating were in their early 20s. They were just beginning their lives. Others were starting over - older people, going back to school to change their career paths. The ones like Trevor, were finishing up something they started many years ago.

The graduation served as a reminder to me, that everyday we write the story of our lives. Everyone has a story and everyone's story is interesting and important in its own way.

Here's the thing about a great story - it has surprises, twists and turns. And you don't know how it will turn out in the end. That is also the thing about a great life - it too has suprsies, twists and turns. And just because it starts one way, doesn't mean it has to end that way. It can end is so many different ways. You control your story. You write your story. You write it every day. Each day, then, becomes an opportunity to start a new page. To work towards having the story end the way you want it to end.

What will your story be?

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