Today marks one week since my first day at Coastal.
Today marks 16 days since I moved to Conway, SC.
Today marks 68 days since I graduated with my Master’s.
The past couple of months have been a complete whirlwind. Really, the past year has been a complete whirlwind. When I sit and reflect and truly look back on the last year, I can see where the time went – the experiences I gained, the new things I tried, the chances I took, the relationships I invested in. I distinctly remember meeting the new Head Staff, RA training, my internships, professional conferences, job interviews, end of the year celebrations... that list goes on. But I was so busy enjoying them and trying to soak in my last year in Florida that I didn’t really take the time to reflect or write about them. Which is great. I don’t think there’s anything wrong in actively participating and being so caught up in living that you don’t take the time to document it. Our daily lives are not meant to be played out for Instagram squares or blog posts. But now that I’m not in school anymore, I finally have time for myself. And it’s been amazing.
Graduation was one of the clearest, most true experiences I’ve had. I remember both my high school and college graduations – particularly my high school graduation – didn’t seem real. Almost anticlimactic. But that wasn’t the case this time around. This time I was hyper aware of everything going on around me. My brain was in overdrive trying to absorb it all. My parents were both much more present for this graduation. There was no family drama this time, and I think being so far away from my parents, and knowing how much further away I was about to be, really made me appreciate and savor the time that they were in Tallahassee. It’s hard knowing that your days with loved ones are numbered, even if just for a little while. It makes time both slow down and speed up in the most unfortunate of ways. But it also makes you so much more grateful for those moments that you do get, and more ready to see them again the next time around.
I’ve enjoyed the ride to this point. Two years of hard work and lessons learned resulted in a degree that I am proud to have received, to have earned. Those two years resulted in my being able to say that it was worth it all. It wasn’t easy, and I only made it thanks to those people who listened to every frustrated rant, who patiently explained things, who distracted me from the umpteenth paper, who provide advice and mentored me and gave me shoulders to lean on when it all got to be a bit too much.
I’m 68 days into this post #SAgrad adventure. Time to climb that next mountain.