The Graduate

Today is an important day for you.  Graduating from high school is a milestone within itself.  How exciting it must feel to know that you will officially enter the “real world”.  All the hard work is about to pay off.

So now, I’m taking the chance to remind you of a few things……

 It seems like just yesterday that you were born.  I was so young and scared.  I had no clue what I was in for because at 21, I was still a kid myself.  You were a stubborn little thing.  Always ready to get into something.  Never worried about any consequence.  It’s a good thing to have a little confidence.  You have tons.  it’s oozing out of your pores.
I’m just going to tell you to take your time and live.  Learn from all the mistakes I’ve already made.  There’s no need to repeat them.  Although I’m sure you will probably repeat a few.  Because it’s part of  growing up.  Slow down. Learn a new language, find a hobby, travel.  Of course you have to finish college…it’s non-negotiable.
Life is not about going out every night with your friends.  Don’t get me wrong, having fun is a a big part of it.  But responsibility trumps that.  You are now going to be responsible for yourself and your education.  There are still rules you need to follow.  Every decision you make will have some sort of consequence.  Some good and some bad.  Life is about choices.  You have to make the choice that’s best for you….not what’s best for the situation.
IMG_3275Be a man.  I raised you by myself since you were about eight years old.  Your Father… help at all.  That, my dear, is not your fault.  He will have to make that up to you, if he wants to.  And you will have to decide if you can accept that.  I apologize for not choosing wisely when I was younger.  I had to play the cards I was dealt and I know I did  a damn good job.
Respect yourself and others.  Be a nice person. Just because you’re considered an “adult” doesn’t mean you can act a fool.  Your standards should be set higher than normal.  Don’t allow anyone to walk all over you.  
I can only hope that you heed my advice and actually follow it.  Although I can’t tell you what to do….I will support you as I always have.  Being a graduate is only the tip of the iceberg.  You need to become the kind of man your future children will be proud of.  
xoxo ~ Momma Dukes 
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