Remember when graduation was upon you and you realized “Oh my god I am going to be a real adult…like now!?” No more mommy and daddy taking care of me. No more waking up, rolling out of bed and going to classes looking like I just rolled out of bed. No more partying during the weekdays. This is it. I am going out into the real world and I am responsible for me.
I’m so glad that’s not me now. But it is my daughter. She graduates this week. Her very last class for the rest of her life. She said to me the other day…”I’m sad. I love going to school and to class.” WHO SAYS THAT? I sure didn’t. I couldn’t wait until that last day of school…even though I was scared to death. I hated school. Oh…I loved the college life, but I hated school. I hated going to classes. I couldn’t focus. I was good for the first 5 minutes, then that was that. Off my mind went into the chasm of my tiny little brain. My brain can only hold so much, and science and other subjects just didn’t earn a spot there. Boys did. Partying did. But education? Not so much.
I was responsible though. I did do my homework. I did study for the tests. I did end up graduating. I’m not sure I learned anything, but I did earn my degree and that’s all that mattered to me at the time. It got me where I wanted to go and I have been there ever since.
My daughter, however, has a brain. A very large brain. It holds so much more than mine does. And her brain functions really well. It also causes her to ask tons of questions. Which is probably why she is so smart. Annoying, but smart. (kidding)…She remembers the answers to the questions. Unlike me. I ask a question. I never listen to the answer. I wonder why I ask the questions if I don’t listen to the answers. I haven’t quite figured that out yet. I think my intentions are good, but my tiny little brain doesn’t have room for those answers either. It’s very selective. I look like I’m listening to people answering my questions, but I’m already on to the other questions I’m going to ask and not listen to.
I’m kind of surprised I’ve made it in the business world. Or in any world, for that matter. I don’t remember anything. I guess that’s why I write. I can document my life in words. My daughter will also thrive in the business world, because she retains everything and has that really big brain. No matter what she sets out to do, she will be a huge success…even though she changes her mind every week on what career path she is taking. I have faith that as soon as she is done with finals on Friday…she will know exactly where she is headed by Saturday.
Me, on the other hand……..if I could only remember what’s next.