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Celebrate Good Times

It was a week to remember. The countdown began towards my graduation from Brooklyn College with a degree in Broadcasting Journalism. I thought the day would never come. It came and went by too fast. I wish the day was longer. I worked hard enough for it.

There are so many ways to describe that day. So many ways I can described what it meant to me. I even told my dad I wasn’t sure I was going to ever get to this point. I did!

I got to celebrate with friends and family. Those who I love the most were there to celebrate a giant milestone in my life. Some of them were celebrating the same milestone. Others were there just to party with me.

As I sat there in my cap and gown, I thought about everything. There was a lot that happened to me between going back to school and graduation. I battled inner demons like depression. I could say I failed at things, but I didn’t because I learned from them. I moved on past other things. I didn’t let anything stop me.

For me, the motto for the class of 2012 is: Strength, Determination, Faith and Love! RISE UP!

I heard a great speech from Senator Chuck Schumer. Even if we make mistakes, we can always get back on the horse and keep on going. Never stop dreaming. Never stop believing.

We all battled. We all made it. We thrived on the strength of each other. Meeting some of people I graduated with was a huge turning point in my life because they made all the difference in the world. I met a mother who was pregnant while in school and didn’t let that stop her from finishing a documentary we had to do for class. I met a girl who is probably the most positive person ever. She never appeared stressed out.

There were others.

I had a Professor who fought hard along side me and never let me fall. When I wanted to give up, she pushed me harder. She believed in me. She helped me come up with the idea for my first documentary “Empowering A Community”:

I accomplished so much. I worked so hard for it. While I was in school, I worked, blogged for several websites, recently started to host two podcasts while appearing as a guest on several others. I have come a long way from the insecure woman I was.

On Thursday, May 31, 2012, I rose up and showed the world what you can accomplish even when the odds are against you. To the class of 2012, we made it. We struggled, we stressed, we cried, but we did it!

Congratulations!

To all of my readers, listeners, friends and FB family, thank you for believing in me. Thank you for your continued support in everything I did. It makes all the difference in the world.

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Living in the Present Instead of the Past

This past Friday, I spoke about living our lives in the past. To be honest, I am very much guilty of this. There have been many days when I look around me thinking about the past and how I wish I could go back to it.

Why do I do this? There were times when my life was not that great. Yet, for the most part, I had a great childhood. The teen years are what the teen years usually are: difficult and awkward. This does not stop me from enjoying what I did get to do. We tend to focus on those times.

Let’s be honest. When a relationship goes south, don’t you start thinking about past relationships and how maybe they weren’t as bad as you thought?

This is probably one of my favorite quotes regarding the past:

The past is a good place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.  -Author Unknown

We need to stop looking at our past and start living in our present. Some people start thinking about the past and want to relive it. The past is in the past. Relationships, friendships and other past associations are gone. As Edna Ferber, and American novelist and playwright once wrote, “Living the past is a dull and lonely business; looking back strains the neck muscles, causing you to bump into people not going your way”.

Some people are not meant to be in our lives anymore because they would no longer impact our lives. Why would we want them back?

Allow the past to help you become the person you are meant to be. Do not let it run your present life. What made you happy yesterday, may not make you happy today. Enjoy the memories. Today, however, make new ones.

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Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Friendships

 

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