As I am preparing graduation cakes for my sister and her roommate..I think about my own accomplishments. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was going to college for the very first time. I was a teenage mother, with a dream of becoming a nurse practitioner. Funny how life just comes at you and your path somehow changes. With the responsibility of a baby and the bills that came with it, my major quickly changed to undecided. My focus then turned to my job as a teller more than on being a full time college student. This was by choice. My mother and my then boyfriend wanted to help me fulfill my dream of graduating from college..but my role as a mother meant so much more. I got more involved in my job and being a good mom and my "dream" became less and less important.
I knew one day that I would finish college..but when I decided to bring a baby into this world instinct told me that a mom was what I was born to be. Of course its not all that I am or will ever be..but its the most important role that I will ever play. Throughout school I enjoyed reading and writing. As I got older, I realized that I loved the creativity of penning my thoughts and sharing them with the world. I was enamored by writers and the characters that they create. The story lines that they came up with made me envision the impossible. All of the books, magazines, and newspaper articles that I read made me realize that I wanted to become an author/journalist.
Soon my son will enter high school and embark on a journey of his own. And that frees me up to continue to work on my dream. I believe that if you have a passion for something, no matter how long you put it off..It is still within reach. I know that I am so close. I will continue to believe that I will see the rainbow.
Reflection is a natural process in the book of life. As I reflect, I smile. I smile because I am proud. Proud of myself as a mother. So proud of my sister, to have overcome so many obstacles in her life. Proud to see her walk across that field as a college graduate. Proud of my son for being a good kid. Spoiled..but GOOD kid. All will be well as long as I believe.