Amy Rees Anderson

Like a Little Kid On Christmas Eve with Some Advice to Adults

I feel like a five year old kid on Christmas Eve night!  I am so excited for tomorrow that I am jumping out of my skin!  MY SON COMES HOME TOMORROW!  After two LOOOONNNNGGGG years of only being able to write him once a week and only being able to talk to him on Christmas Day and Mother’s Day, I am finally going to see my son again, live and in person and I CAN’T WAIT!  I have no idea how I will ever get to sleep tonight….I really do feel like a little kid right now anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus himself!

Today was a marvelous day.  My darling daughter graduated from High School. She looked so beautiful in her cap and gown with a huge smile on her face.  And the coolest thing was that her brother was given special permission to FaceTime with me throughout the graduation so he could watch the entire thing live!  And as Ashley walked by us to go up on the stand and receive her diploma she was able to grab my phone from me and take Dalton with her up on the stand as she received her diploma.  When they took her photo and put it on the jumbo-tron and the stadium she held her phone out for everyone to see that she had her brother on FaceTime with her.  Her best friend in the world was able to be there with her today and I know that meant the world to both of them.  The ceremony was fantastic and the principal Fidel Montero gave a fabulous commencement speech.  He encouraged the kids to go on to do amazing things in the world.  He let them know that no matter what background they came from they have the capacity to go ahead and do anything in the world they set their minds to. There are no limits on the impact you can have on this world if you just try.  He is an amazing leader for Alta High and I am glad she had him as her principal.  A good leader like that can make all the difference to people they lead.

My words I would share with all those kids graduating from High School as well as all of us that have reached the age of adulthood in life is stated perfectly in this quote:

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own.  No apologies or excuses.  No one to lean on, rely on, or blame.  The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it.  This is the day your life really begins.”  – Bob Moawad

And last but not least I would say:

“Don’t be the one thing standing in your way.”  – Laurel Christensen

Be brave.  Don’t ever let fear get in your way or stop you from going after your dreams.  Take life on with all the gusto you can.  Set goals that are bigger and higher than you ever thought possible. Don’t limit your dreams for the future.  Have confidence, not based on external factors like looks or position or money, have confidence based on the kind of person you are and the person you are trying to become.  Be kind to others, even when you don’t need or want anything from them.  Look for ways to serve, it’s the right thing to do.  Put 100% into everything you do, never take something on with half heart.  If you are going to do it, do it right.  Never lose your integrity.  Always do what is right and let the consequences follow.  Be happy, not tomorrow or the next day, be happy now.  Smile, you look better when you smile.  And dance…always dance….it’s just fun!

Have a great day tomorrow – HEAVEN KNOWS I WILL 🙂

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~Amy

 

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