We all want to find ourselves some day in a position of feeling like we have had a successful life. We want to live well. On Monday, G talked about the “middle” and not missing it. It’s where the good, gooey, rich part of life is, but it’s also where the hard work, bravery, missteps and failures happen.
The hard stuff is what makes it all worth it in the end. It’s what makes us sit up, take notice, and breathe just a little deeper.
Today, our oldest will be presented with her white medical coat at Physician Assistant school. This marks the conclusion of her academic work and the beginning of her clinical rotations. She will graduate in one year, but this is a big milestone and they celebrate it right in the middle of it all. I love that they don’t wait until the end because life should be celebrated as we go along. These last 15 months have been the most difficult of her life. There have been days that brought her to her knees and days she was ready to walk away. There have been tears of frustration, joy, and relief and today I believe we will see a mix of it all.
This day marks the “middle.” It also acknowledges the fact that they made it to this point and that is no easy task.
There is a tough road before these young people as they begin their hands-on learning through surgeries, emergencies, mental health crisis, traumas and caring for those of all ages, but today they will pause. They will take a deep breath and acknowledge how far they have come, how hard they have worked, and maybe shed a few tears. They will celebrate the “middle” and what has brought them to this point.
So cheers class of 2020, we are so proud of all of you. We know the years of studying you put in long before you were accepted into this program. We know how hard it has been. We have watched you struggle and we have watched you be brave and get back up when you didn’t think you could.
Congratulations and good luck! You’ve got this!
Sunshine & Sarcasm,
Lowi & G