By: Christine Hassler (View Profile)
“I’m proud of you.” Aren’t those words nice to hear? Growing up it is probably one of the things we wanted to hear most from our parents. And as we have grown up and bought into insecurities along the way, it is natural to want the known approval and acknowledgment from others, especially those we love or aim to please. But striving to make another proud can sometimes steer us off course from our own purpose. And consistently yearning for a pat on a back from someone else reinforces relying on external validation to feel better about ourselves, perpetuating a consciousness of taking rather than creating.
My graduation day
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On Saturday the 10th October 2009 I got up very early to make my way to the Burlington Hotel in Dublin, where I was graduating. I received a Diploma in Special Needs. I was excited but very nervous and anxious. I brought three of my family members up with me to enjoy the special day together. I am the first one of my family to graduate by wearing the hat and gown. My mother, father and my sisters were especially proud of me. It was a tremendous feeling to get and receive my cert. There were about one thousand people there. The ceremony took about two hours. On my return home there was a surprise party with family and friends arranged for me. This was being planned secretly. It was a fantastic night. It went on to the early hours. This was one of the best days of my life.
April 25, 2011 | Private Joshua Hernandez
I can still remember that feeling I first had that morning when I woke up. I was excited. All the hard work accumulating into this one day. I remember the first thing I did...