It’s that time of year when unidentified flying objects are most likely graduation caps.
Many, many moons ago I addressed my graduating class in an enthusiastic attempt to say something profound about what awaited us. The truth is I had no clue.
What I know now is we’re always graduating from something. A job, a relationship, a role, a stage of life. Regardless if we’d rather stay where we are, life is relentlessly nudging on us to the next thing.
Several years I self-published a book and designed a scroll for a few students I was mentoring called “The Graduate’s Guide to Life.” The idea was to share life lessons learned along the way.
Although I offered these ideas in hopes of saving them the heartache, trouble, and consequences of making questionable decisions, these were precisely the things they needed to experience to grow their own brand of wisdom and confidence.
As an educator and avid reader, I like to learn as much as I can from as many different sources as possible. But nothing beats experience.
When I used to do corporate trainings, I’d often rely on the experts instead of myself. I’d repeat what the gurus were saying without fully embodying the message. This left me feeling like a fraud. Although the desire to educate was coming from a genuine place, the message wasn’t authentically mine.
I contrast this with the work I am doing now with my Eating Psychology Coaching and How to Get Your Groove Back classes. I have spent the last year immersed in this material and used my own body as an experiment to put this information to the test. I have made major lifestyle changes so I can speak from experience and understand what clients are going through.
The results are profoundly different and I have never felt more on purpose or in tune with my life’s work. It’s also taken me a lifetime to get here.
Which leads me to my favorite words of advice to any graduate and one of my favorite songs. Always trust your cape. (Even when it feels like an invisibility cloak.)
You see, I believe we each have superpowers. Despite protests and denials as to what these might be or how to activate them, I know you secretly know how, when, why, and where to best put them to use. Maybe it won’t be for years, but one day you will have no choice but to claim them.
In this day of constant comparison, it’s easy to get caught up in the fear of missing out. Of thinking you’ve missed the boat, missed your chance, missed your time to shine. Of convincing yourself that you are somehow not worthy and will never have the skills, smarts, looks, or advantages that someone else has.
Trust me on this. Your life is unfolding exactly as it should in order to gather the necessary experience. You can and will need to course correct as you gain more clarity. You are worthy, you matter, and you have something to contribute.
Never stop graduating.
Don your cap and gown – or cape as I like to call it – and celebrate. Then go fearlessly where life is calling you. The world really does need your gifts.