4 years ago, you had a guy facing the battle of his life...faith vs. fear. The guy to your left looks jubilant and excited to graduate. The guy to your right is scared shitless for what's to come after graduation. Every graduate cannot wait to move that tassel from the right to the left. Meanwhile, I had no idea which direction my life would move to. With barely enough gas in my car, I'm using graduation gift money to make it graduation parties to continue to carry the facade of having it all "figured out." While peers are relocating for jobs & continuing their education, I'm looking for money to invest in publishing a second book. See I took that jump, that leap of faith...and still I was waiting for my wings to grow. Family and friends questioning my sanity as to why I wasn't seeking employment in field I got a degree in. I'm questioning my sanity as to why I'm working so hard to make a dream manifest and seeing no results. Mental cuts and bruises as I'm soaring downward after taking that jump, that leap of a faith...still waiting on wings to develop. A summer of nothing going as planned, coupled with years of disappointment. A 22 year old graduate who wasn't fearless, but decided to fear less. 4 years removed and wings still developing, if there's one thing I would advise my younger self and to every graduate of 2016 is that God never wastes a hurt. For every disappoint and setback, there's a lesson to be learned. For every relationship broken, there's an even better one to be created. For every obstacle in your way, there's an opportunity behind it. I made plans and heard God laughing. I made deadlines and felt God shaking His head. As you are graduating, take every risk you can and learn to be patient. Because even though that actual leap of faith takes seconds, the development of your wings takes years.
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