When I graduated high school, the following song was played at our ceremony:
"Grew up in a small town
And when the rain would fall down
I'd just stare out my window
Dreaming of what could be
And if I'd end up happy
I would pray
I'll spread my wings and I'll learn how to fly.
I'll do what it takes till I touch the sky.
Make a wish, take a chance,
Make a change, and break away.
Out of the darkness and into the sun.
But I won't forget all the ones that I love.
I'll take a risk, take a chance,
Make a change, and break away
Wanna feel the warm breeze
Sleep under a palm tree
Feel the rush of the ocean
Get onboard a fast train
Travel on a jetplane
And break away."
I loved the song, but it took on new resonance when I returned back to Fayetteville this past weekend to speak at my old High School. To begin the weekend, I met an old friend for a 1:30pm lunch and we didn't leave till nearly 6pm. Our Smithfield's teas where refilled numerous times, and we spoke about everything from weddings and marriages to children years down the road. I remember having the same conversations with her when we were in 7th grade, and now our "husbands" aren't unnamed, faceless men - they're real, honest, hardworking, godfearin', friendly blokes who have committed their lives to us.
I wrote a few weeks ago about the pulls of a hometown, the things I miss and the memorable qualities of where I'm from. This week, I was reminded of how far many of us have come, and the amazing things that came to us because we took a risk and left for the unknown.
When I stood in front of the high school students who now sit in the desks I once sat in, I was suddenly reminded of how blessed I've been to have made such a smooth transition between student and professional. I remember how scary and yet exciting leaving all of those things behind to pursue college was. It's eerily similar to the way life feels now, as I sit on the brink of graduation throwing myself out into the dark unknown of my future career. I can't wait to see how things will turn out, I know God has a plan for it all! In the mean time, it's fun to think of all the possibilities that might be! :) Here's to hoping my future employer finds me sooner rather than later!!!
"Anything is possible, if the future is unknown."