"I can't believe the time has come." "Wow, how time flies." "Can you believe it's actually here?"
These are the comments I heard all weekend as we went from celebration to celebration for my daughter's high school graduation.
But not from me ... I personally do believe that the time has come. This has been a long time in the making. And yes, I can believe that it's actually here. Of course it's here -- this is life and we've been preparing for this moment for 18 years.
I'm not one of those Dads who is sad to see my kids grow up. I embrace it. I've spent years preparing them to become adults, so I am not at all surprised to see them become adults. I love every minute of it.
So as I sat in the audience, I wasn't crying because I was losing my baby. I was emotional because I know what's ahead for her. Four of the most amazing years of her life are about to begin. She has the rest of her life ahead of her and she can make it whatever she wants it to be. Her "brand" has just begun.
Graduation for me is not the end and it's not closure.
It's a new product launch.
Sure, it's the recognition of a major accomplishment but it's also the beginning of all that's great ahead. As we get to the top of one mountain, we start out at the bottom of the next. What could be more exciting than that?
What's your experience? Jim.