I hear the phrase all the time: "I have mixed emotions." "It is with mixed emotions ..." I've even used it myself. But yesterday, at age 48, I finally understood the real meaning. I brought my daughter to college yesterday, and I have mixed emotions!
On the one hand, I am thrilled. She is entering the most exciting years of her life and I am so excited for the experience she is beginning. On the other hand, I want to keep her right by my side or at least hide on campus so that I can watch her and make sure she's ok. And then there are all the college memories of my own that have now come back to life and very raw. I have mixed emotions.
Overall I am happy. And at least technology allows me to get text messages from her and see pics she posts on Facebook. She's already having the time of her life.
Oh ... the best part. She turned 18 yesterday too. Her first full day alone at college on her 18th birthday. The irony of that is not wasted on me at all. A new "brand" 18 years in the making got launched yesterday. I couldn't be more proud, and I guess that is the prevailing emotion.
What's your experience? Jim.
President of Lippe Taylor
Author of The Experience Effect