Growing Pains

Nothing too profound tonight.  Just more thoughts crowding my mind regarding the passage of time and the growth of my kids, both biological and honorary.

If there is one piece of information I would embed in the brain of every high school senior, college student – let’s just say every young adult – it would be this: life is one big improv exercise and we are ALL living by the creed “fake it till you make it.”

My youngest daughter is a senior this year.  She and a number of her classmates have expressed some dismay and stress over having to have life all figured out.  Yeah, I’m still waiting to get there.

I know of more than a few 20 somethings who are stressing about “what they want to be when they grow-up.”

Let me lay it out in simple terms – I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in music education and a Master’s degree in Education.  Yes, I’m using the Master’s as an adjunct professor and I use my musical training all the time accompanying the choirs in the local high school as well as teaching private voice and piano students.  I have also taught music in literally every grade K-12 – general music, choral music, even some instrumental music instruction.

But along the way I’ve also worked as a cocktail waitress in a country club and on the banquet staff at the same facility.  I was a successful salesperson with a home party business.  Did some substitute teaching, clerical temp work, retail work . . . in other words, my career path has been nothing close to a straight line.

And I wouldn’t trade any of the lessons I’ve learned or experiences I’ve had.

If you are a young person in college, looking to go to college or wondering what to do with your life, give yourself a break!  Most of us are just making it up as we go along!  The maturity comes in when we learn to dance as often as possible, smile at every opportunity, and laugh whenever we have the chance!  Don’t get so focused on the destination that you miss the fun on the journey.

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