(If you haven’t read Part 1, you can read it HERE)
Dear graduate, I saw you today.
Your face has lost joy, it has gained fear.
Your body has lost weight, it has gained stress.
Your life has lost the sparkle, it has gained darkness and depression.
You weren’t happy to see me, you didn’t want anyone who knew you to meet you now.
You feel like you have let us down, you feel like you have failed the world.
Dear graduate, I miss you. I miss the fun loving, easy going, always laughing, and a hopeful person you were. I know you miss you too, and right now you think you will never be the same again.
Dear graduate, I don’t know the future, but here is what I know.. You will be okay.
You will survive this, they say, “it is always darkest before the dawn”, and I believe that. Nature beautifully shows us that. Joy, truly comes in the morning, with it, laughter, light and sparkle.
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You will be okay. Trust me,you will.
Dear graduate, I know it is hard to cheer for your friends, when the joy arrives for them, while you are still waiting for yours. I want you to remember dear graduate, them getting theirs, doesn’t stop you from getting yours, it is just timing. When you feel the hardness please remind yourself that relationships are more important that competitions. Dear graduate, the sun shines to everyone, the world is that big we can all exist in this same space. Cheer them on, because when your joy comes you will need them to cheer you on. Joy doubles when shared, and sorrow is halved when shared.
Dear graduate, you are special, you are unique, even though you might not feel that way now. What you have is big, what you have accomplished is amazing, even though it doesn’t feel that way. Your contribution is important in the world.
You will move mountains, you will change the world, even though you don’t see it now. Dear graduate, what you are going through is not unique, there are a lot of people who have been through that as well. Before you, now you, and after you.
Talk about it dear graduate, talk about it. Instead of responding with anger to people who love you and who don’t understand what you currently feel and are going through, talk about it, explain to them, tell them your fears. You fear you won’t get a job, but you will, we just don’t know when. You have a purpose, and you will live to do it.
Dear graduate, just so you haven’t heard it well, YOU WILL BE OKAY.
Those before you have been through the same path, and they have conquered, get encouraged from their stories.
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Dear graduate, I hope you are learning to live in the moment, to be content and to serve humanity. I hope your learning about yourself and your Creator. I hope you see Him all around you, in the activity and the dormant. I hope you are learning about your community, your home and are being aware of what is going on around you. Maybe just maybe, you might find a different purpose around you.. Or maybe just maybe your life will be so busy that you will miss this downtime, that you have now, this downtime that is burdening and hurting you, maybe just maybe, it is a blessing in disguise.
Dear graduate, I hope I meet you again, I hope I will see you sparkle and full of joy. I hope you won’t hate to meet me, and I hope you won’t feel bad explaining what you are doing in your life, because whatever you are doing is worth it, your existence adds value in the world.
Until then, You will be okay.