Today I graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in Accounting and Finance. I am proud to say that I am a college graduate, and even prouder to say that UGA is my alma mater. Graduating from college brings about mixed emotions… many of which I am not yet able to fully process.
One thing I do know is that the title of this post is so important in my life. It resembles the topic of my speech here: https://livingvalues.wordpress.com/2010/11/11/my-most-recent-learning-opportunity/ , and I find it so important on this day.
If I ever reach a point in my life where I no longer recognize the importance of the lessons I have learned in college, I have officially lost my way. I have grown in innumerable ways over the past four years, and the lessons I have taken away from that experience are often the topics of my writings in this blog. But what is a past without a future?
Our past allows us a vast resource to reference in times of problem-solving or trying circumstances. I have a problem… What from my past have I encountered or learned that might apply to that problem? And we think and think and then suddenly we draw a correlation between our present situation and our past. And we are able to solve, navigate, or simply come to terms as a result.
Our past equips us for the future. It is our toolbox for the unknown. Our past allows us to poke our heads around the next corner and look for what is coming our way with confidence.
Today, I recognize the wonderful toolbox that the University of Georgia, my family, and friends have helped me to accumulate. I certainly hope that I am equipped to take on the world, starting right this moment, with all that I have experienced and learned over the past five years.