I celebrated success today! My work from the past six months paid off, and I lived to see and share my dream. This must be what a parent feels at their child’s graduation: immense pride, lots of relief, and a little sadness.
I started back in January with something that all around me called impossible. Was it the fact that they had no faith I can do it, or maybe merely to prove them wrong? I don’t know, but I fought each battle, every day, with one simple thing in mind: my kids will be happy when all this is done! And so they are! And the grow-ups for that matter! Today, at the ribbon cutting ceremony, a class full of officials from all areas of my district, businessmen, community leaders, and board members played together happily with the fruit of my work. And had a blast. Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Seeing people of all ages enjoy the comfort of a Mac, learning about software they will most likely never touch, and coaching each other, was more rewarding that all the congratulations that I received in my whole life!
And the best compliment of all came from the most unexpected person, with a wording that amused me, flattered me and made think of back in the day….when our name was our reputation. I was called crude oil…insinuating and seeping through everything quietly, constantly … and unstoppable! I’m still laughing, but, boy, was this a good comparison!
Things to learn from my experience: it may take longer than you expect, it may be tougher than you thought, it may be more annoying than you ever imagined…but at the end of the road there is light. Bright and clear as a spring day, warming your heart and healing all the battle wounds. It’s worth it!