Be Bold!

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It's that time of year for graduations and ceremonies.   It's a time of future promise, of rising tides and all that entails.

 

 Reading an article today on Linkedin by Guy Vanynerchuk, 'What to do After you Graduate" I felt compelled to share some things about my own daughter and her experiences graduating high school and college.

 

All too often, we are complacent. We don't strive to accomplish our dreams. We are safe.  We take the path that someone else wants for us.  We aren't bold  

I say, Be Bold!  

 

One of my daughters remembers that time when she was graduating high school.  I saw in her such promise and talent, just like my other two daughters.  The difference?  I didn't tell them what I told the middle daughter. Not by any lack of reasoning, I just didn't say it.

  

I told my middle daughter she could be anything she wanted to be.  I told her to go for it.  She was graduating high school and would be attending the University of Southern California on a dean's scholarship.  She is bright, talented, and a gifted artist.  

 

So she did!  She died her hair every color of the rainbow and graduated in 4 years, staying on the deans list the entire time.  She lived in a hotel thanks to the dorms being full; a three story apartment building with no elevator; and she lived in a converted garage.  

 

After graduating from USC, she worked for an organization raising money for Green Peace, Save the Children and others; she also worked for AmeriCorp in Juneau, Alaska.  She boarded a plane to Europe on a bet from a friend with a one way ticket.  Staying in hostels, making new friends, and learning her way through Rome, Amsterdam and London.  

 

She would chaffeur her paternal grandmother to and from the Canadian border from Arizona and on another trip up and down the west coast.  The former trip they each made up fake names and took amazing photos.  After the trip my daughter created a photo album of their trip and gave it to her grandmother as a Christmas present.  

 

She has wonderful memories of a time in her life when she "went for it."  I was quietly a bit terrified but didn't want to stall her dreams, just making sure she was safe.  Looking back now I'm immensely proud of her for her free spirit. 

 

As parents, do we stifle our kids' dreams?  Do we impose our own idealisms on them for fear of them not succeeding? 

 

If your child is graduating high school or college, promise them that they can be anything they want to in life, they just need to try.  If you don't try, how do you learn about yourself or what your true passion is or will be?

 

And my daughter, she's now a nurse working nights in a hospital and she is content that she travelled, climbed mountains, and has a beautiful daughter, the joy of her life! 

 

Make sure to view at the seven minute mark! 

 

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Jan Green
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Thank you Dick Greenberg !  She's a gem, too :)  Thank you for commenting and have a great rest of your Sunday!

May 21, 2017 03:12 PM #2
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Jan- graduation is on my mind because we went to our extended family's youngest daughter's high school graduation ceremony yesterday.  I kept thinking of all of the dreams, hopes, and futures sitting there waiting to go out and meet the world. Love this!!!

May 21, 2017 03:45 PM #3
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Susan Haughton
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She had the courage and motivation to go for it in large part because you encouraged to do so! Good for her -- and you!

May 21, 2017 04:19 PM #4
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It is a big thought on the brain going to graduation, envisioning all of those graduates moving on to the next step.  Thank you for sharing Kathy Streib !

It's funny Susan Haughton , she told me that I said that to her and I barely remember it.  But the look on her face was priceless.  She was grateful for me having said it. Erin is a quiet type, an old soul, so the message was perfect for her.  I admire her spirit.  So looking forward to seeing her on Tuesday when I arrive at my granddaughter's high school graduation! 

May 21, 2017 04:46 PM #5
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Getting out there and taking the world head on can be intimidating.  Your daughter definitely had some spunk to be so bold in her life.

May 22, 2017 01:51 PM #6
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Thank you Chris Ann Cleland .  I just think she has a good memory!  Have a great week!

May 22, 2017 02:41 PM #7
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I'm smiling at your having a daughter who dyed her hair every color of the rainbow, Jan.  I had one of those too.  However, she is a doctor of clinical psychology today.  We just never know!

May 23, 2017 05:42 AM #8
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                  Thank Jan Green 

May 27, 2017 05:59 PM #9
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You know exactly what I'm talking about Myrl Jeffcoat !  She is a free spirit and it sounds like you understand fully :)  Thank you for commenting. 

Thank you for catching this one Kathy Streib !  I appreciate you and your support.  Have a great Sunday! 

May 27, 2017 11:05 PM #10
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Hello Jan. Some people are born with a sense of adventure others only dream about. Enjoy your day!

May 28, 2017 04:20 AM #11
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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Your children are extensions of your lively and adventurous spirit, Jan Green. What wonderful gifts they are to all they 'touch'.

May 28, 2017 05:43 AM #12
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Congratulations Jan Green to you and your daughter. She didn't just graduate, she elevated her life to a higher standard and did great and meaningful things following graduation. Isn't it amazing what can be accomplished outside the school environment? 

The video was beautiful and filled with life and hope - talk about being bold!

May 28, 2017 05:58 AM #13
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Love this post, Jan, and the powerful thoughts you've shared. What a wonderful video - brings back from memories!

Jeff

May 28, 2017 06:12 AM #14
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Good morning Jan Green ,

OMG I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week. I missed this and was so moved by your story and advice. Loved the video ..it certainlty does bring back memories. We will be at my grandsons graduation next week here in Austin..so proud of this young man..he is headed of to Texas A&M in the honors program in Engineering. His sister who is in college asked him if he was going out for rush and he laughed and said NO! I'm going to college to learn... I'm going to get a double major in Engineering and Computer Science! She knew he wasn't interested but wanted to see what he'd say!! Each one different and going for it..love it!! By the way I love your new photo.

May 28, 2017 06:45 AM #15
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Great post!  I can see why Kathy chose to highlight it this week!

May 28, 2017 07:48 AM #16
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You're right Wayne Martin !  I doubt I have the courage to use a one way ticket to Budapest!  Thanks for commenting and have a great day! 

So true Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 .  I'm sure you've seen this "spirit" before!  

Thank you for your kind words and for watching the video Patricia Feager .  When I watched it the first time, the band leader really struck me as inspiring those kids.  What a gift they received! 

Glad you enjoyed it Jeff Dowler !  I was inspired by my granddaughter's high school graduation as she's a flag girl and is now going to college this fall, on a scholarship and also in the color guard!  3 of my grandkids also graduated pre-school so it was on the brain! 

 

May 28, 2017 08:16 AM #17
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So glad you enjoyed the post Dorie Dillard !  You can understand about kids and their motivations thanks to your grandkids.  And thank you for the compliment!  I just returned last night from attending my granddaughter's HS graduation in Alabama.  She wore 7 cords for honors and earned National Technical honor Society.  She's off to be a nurse, will be in the color guard again and on scholarship.  So very proud of her.  Missed 3 of my grandkids graduating pre-school in Iowa and Texas.  Grandkids are so special!  Thank you for commenting.

Thank you  Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® !  I appreciate you stopping by and giving it a thumbs up! 

May 28, 2017 08:19 AM #18
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How beautiful! Your daughter sounds like an amazing young woman. I love the story about her trip with her grandmother!

May 29, 2017 10:28 AM #19
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Thank you for reading and commenting Sharon Tara !  She is a gem to me so I appreciate your comments.  She and her grandmother have a wonderful relationship and she's lucky to have such a great relationship with her.  Her grandmother actually hired her twice to be her guide on 2 separate trips, but she woud have done it anyway for gas money! 

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Jan what a great and powerful post and message, I am so glad Kathy Streib  posted yours on the weekly feature... other wise I would have missed it, Endre

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