Where have I been?
I have been asking myself the very same thing these few weeks.
But really, I’m not sure.
This shit is getting real.
2013 is a huge year for me. I am a college graduate. Like I’ve said before, I never thought I would actually finish college. I always dreamed of it, and made a few attempts, but this time it is real. It is real because of the amazing support I have had from family and friends through each step of the way.
From my husband who is a rock, supportive to the core, although he is worried/cautious about the loans we have taken to finance this adventure, more important to him is my happiness, and how this will benefit both of us in the near future.
My parents who just kept telling me “I knew you could do it.” “You are NOT too old” “We are so proud of you. My dad talking me off the ledge when I felt like I was in over my head, had I made the right decision, was I going to be accepted into the program; all of the could I? should I? and would I?’s of my brain. My mom who kept me focused on the prize, even when I was sure I had failed my first class, or even gotten below a B in anything, she was right…I got a B+.
My husband’s family who helped keet me motivated, donated to my textbook fund, and were there just for a hug when I needed one.
My three younger sisters who constantly supported my decision, encouraged, and were some of my biggest cheerleaders throughout this journey.
Countless friends. Oh man, my friends. I am lucky to have the people in my life that I do. I don’t have hundreds of friends, but the ones I do have are really more like family. I’m Aunt Jenn to their kids, we go on vacations together, they visit from far and wide, we talk, sometimes we don’t talk often enough… we drink coffee, we laugh out loud, we cry, but the support and encouragement from each of them has been a huge motivator for me.
I’ve never heard so many people tell me they are proud of me, and that I have inspired them to do something big, something different. WOW. You guys inspire ME!
To say I am humbled beyond belief from the support and kind words would be a huge understatement.
P.S. I promise to stop the graduation talk...for a bit, before you know it I won't be able to shut up about grad school!!!