"It was a hot summer day in June of 2019, and she was graduating. As Ali and I walked up the stairs to find our seat, I count help but feel a sense of pride for the festivities that are to happens."
Hello gorgeous, I was going to challenge myself to see how far I could go with this story before I started sounding like a crazy book lady, but I will get right into what I want to talk about today for the sake of time.
So, I had the honour of watching my girl walk up the stage in cap and gown to get her degree. Besides being my first graduation ceremony (which made it extraordinary), it was my first graduation styling. When I tell you that I was scared for this day, I wasn't even the person graduating. You don't even know. But that's another post for another day; today, I want to talk about reigniting the flame.
Those of you who have been following my blog will know the struggles I have had with my academics in the last few years. I mean, I have changed degrees almost as much as I have changed hairstyles at this point. I have failed classes, missed exams, and was on academic probation for some time. But this year, I picked my ish up, and I worked my little butt off to get things back to where they needed to be. I can officially say I am back on track (thanks be to Jesus). Reignite the flame, "what does that have to do with this graduation ceremony," you might be wondering. Well, that's an excellent question. I've been thinking a lot about staying motivated and being a lot more disciplined, especially regarding my academics, and going into the ceremony today just rebirths something in me. A fire I had lost along the way — something I had in the first year but lost. Life happens, and the decisions we make have real consequences on us. They mould us into the people we get to see in the future. Now that canoe a positive change or a negative one, but being at this graduation today showed me a 360 degree of life and what it can be. I had a friend I met in the first year, graduating in a dress I had made. I had a moment as she walked to get the handshake where I realized my why, why I wanted to come to Canada, why I want to study what I'm studying now, why I want to launch Umhambo and design more products, why I started this platform. All of that and so much more. Today reminded me of that bright-eyed girl who came into Canada and didn't know anyone and made some fantastic friends. The girl who explored opportunities and was confident in her abilities regardless of what people around her thought. The girl who was driven and focused, with a fire that shined so bright it ignites a fire in others. Today was symbolic for me and had defiantly reminded me that the experiences we have should be used to build us, not destroy or hinder us from becoming the people we know we are destined to become. Quote of the day:
The past cannot be changed, forgotten, edited or erased; it can only be accepted. Being stuck in the past is like walking forward with your back facing the front. You will always miss out on what’s in front of you