And so today I am now officially the Mom of a high school graduate and soon to be college student. My nest will be one bird less. My heart bursts in so many ways. As our kids go through their developmental stages so, too, do we go through our parenting stages and this is a big one.
I remember Mr. Rogers saying it was okay to have two feelings at the same time: happy and sad, scared and excited, and today it is many, many, many more than two. Another reason meditation is so important in my life. To allow for all the feelings and emotions, to be able to move gracefully through me and for me to still keep my sanity and presence in the moment. It must be a daily practice for me and my mind. (If you’d like to give it a try, you can find the monthly meditation here).
As I sat at UCLA having a matcha, hahaha, waiting to walk over to my daughter’s graduation, I had a parenting flash back. Like the old movies where the calendar pages fly off in snow, rain, wind and sun and year after year blows by … from pregnancy to singing happy birthday as she was born to the red bench at preschool, the birthday parties, play dates, pets, burying the pets, waiting and watching and driving to horseback riding, ice skating, volleyball, service learning projects, internships, haircuts, school, homeschool, France, Israel, Newport, the ocean, boogie boarding together, hiking … watching her grow and develop. I love her so. I wish for her to stay true to who she is, her “knowing” what is right for her, to love herself, her adventures, to see her missteps as learning and to always have loved ones around her.
My Mom journey continues too as I grow and learn and adventure out. Life is a trip, enjoy it, make the most of it, touch and reach out to others, “be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Happy Tuesday and happy graduation to any of you having graduates. Join me as we step further into our next steps, whatever they may be. Let’s do it!!!!!!
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Courtney Gebhart, Life Coach, Kundalini Yoga teacher, and Human Being.