Last Friday night David, John, Robert and I trekked down to Hamilton to watch Victoria, Robert's girlfriend's, 4th year vocal recital at McMaster. As I walked through the campus and as I watched/listened to Victoria sing, I couldn't help but think of all the thousands of people who had engaged in learning and pursued their passions on those grounds! What a privilege it is to set aside 4+ years of your life to pursue something you LOVE! I wondered though, how many students actually appreciate the stage of life that they're in? How many of them "seize the day" and leave university feeling like they made the most of this short and special season of life?
I know that I graduated from university with lots of regret. I should have cared less about grades and more about learning. I should have invested in the school community. I should have done all my readings so that I could actively participate in class. I should have said "yes" to every dinner invitation (even during exam time). I shouldn't have been too afraid to look stupid in a lecture that I missed opportunities to have my questions answered. I should have appreciated the present instead of wishing for the future!
I can't change the past, but I hope that moving forward I remember that each stage of life is short and that I only get to live each stage once. Being on the McMaster campus was an excellent reminder for me to cherish THIS stage of life- to invest in the opportunities and engage with the people that are in my life NOW- so that down the road I can look back on this season with fewer regrets, knowing that I made the most of my time/opportunities!
As for Victoria, she was INCREDIBLE! She looked stunning and you could tell she was totally in her element on stage. I'm proud of you, Victoria, for pursuing your passions and my prayer for you as you graduate and move into a new phase of life (with lots of unknowns) is that you would remember the words of Matthew 6:31-34:
"So don't worry about these things, saying, 'What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?' These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today."
I can't wait to see how you make the most of this exciting new phase of life you're entering!
Hi! I'm Mrs. Julia Dawe,