When Your Little Sister Graduates High School

When Your Little Sister Graduates High School

This past weekend my oldest-little sister graduated from high school.  It really does feel like just yesterday that I was walking across that stage, planning to make my way into the hospitality industry and start my career at the ripe age of 18.  Oh, the things that I wish I could tell her. 

I say wish because I know half of the advice she's been given in the last several weeks have gone in one ear and out the other.  I know because not long ago, I was in that same spot.  Ready to take on the world as an adult thinking that I had it all figured out.  It was always instilled into my brain that I do not in fact have it all figured out ... That I barely even know the half of it.  But did that stop me?  Of course it didn't!  So why would it stop her?  

Maybe she'll go down the path of becoming a nurse, or open her own bakery, or pursue her cosmetology degree as each of these plans are currently on her list of potential career choices ... Whichever she may choose, I hope that she knows that a career is more than the number on your paycheck.  A career should be backed by enthusiasm and a true passion for what you're doing.  The right career will have you leaving your office each and everyday feeling fulfilled, and you'll never feel like you've worked a day in your life.  

Life is basically a bunch of trial and error.  Trust me, I know.  At only 22 I've been on at least 3 different career paths, and the one that leaves me feeling the way that I described above is the career that I'm creating for myself. 

When your little sister graduates high school it leaves you wondering where the time goes.  It seems that each year the days are starting to speed up just a little bit more.  Her open world of possibility makes you reevaluate where you are, what you're doing and if your 18 year old self walking across that stage 4 years ago would be proud of what you've accomplished so far. 

So, Court, here's my message to you today.  You have all the time in the world to figure things out, high school was by far not the best years of your life and you'll more than likely loose touch with 98% of people in your graduating class.  Your tribe of people will stick with you through college + even after that, and those who don't were never meant to be there in the first place.  Listen to your heart, but listen to your intuition, too.  Make the choices that are the best for you at this point in your life, and no matter what, remember that eventually everything works out exactly as God intended for it to.  

Chelcey Tate is a photographer, blogger and graphic designer based in Louisville, KY.