Help Your Girls Enjoy the Journey
As They Look Forward, Encourage Them to Enjoy the Journey
It is graduation time!! Some of us are going through graduations of pre-schoolers, elementary schoolers, middle schoolers, high schoolers or any combination of the above. It is a time of great excitement, anticipation and sentimentality. With the end-of-season banquets, spring concerts and year-end awards assemblies, I still feel the bittersweetness of another school year coming to a close, even though I have no graduates this year.
Next year, however, Deb and I will have three graduates between us. So, I have to admit, I’m enjoying the quiet calm of continuity this spring. I know next spring will be a whirlwind of ceremonies, celebrations and change. Even now, as things should be winding down, there is still a sense of gearing up for all of the changes that are in store a year from now.
A couple of weeks ago, we had a post about living in the moment. We talked about all of the living in the next moment that we, as parents, are sometimes guilty of. At this time of year when there is this oxymoronic hecticness as things wind down (graduations or not), I’m acutely aware of all of the “living in the next moment” in which my kids are engaging. It’s only natural. As they see the class ahead of them preparing for the new adventures ahead, they can’t help but put themselves in the shoes in which they will find themselves a short year from now.
A few years ago this article (Letter To Our Daughters) was posted in a local magazine called Make It Better. At the time, both Deb’s and my daughter were graduating from high school and I cut the article out and gave a copy to her. Everything in the article just resonated with us both so much. Deb shared it with her daughter. She particularly loved the message of recognizing the incredible opportunity for young women today but also the sentiment that enjoying the journey was just as or more important than achievement itself.
I think that as we go about this chaotic and exhilarating time of year, we need to help our daughters recognize the thrill of all that is ahead of them and encourage them to revel in the bumps and beauty of every experience along the way. As Susan B. Noyes, Make It Better’s Publisher and CEO, so eloquently put it , “please stop worrying about what school you will attend or what job you will land! You are smart, talented, beautiful and healthy. Follow your heart. Put energy into creating new opportunities to do what you most enjoy. It’s not about where you start, but rather about where you end and how much you enjoyed getting there.”
You can read the full article here. Next week we’ll talk about how this article was significant in the creation of GirlNation. Have a great week, manage the chaos and enjoy the journey!
All the Best,