When I was younger I always looked forward to the last day of school, as it meant summer vacation had arrived — more play time; going to the beach, etc.
I think it was when I was a college senior that I felt mixed emotions about graduation. Now thinking about it, I feel that there were two reasons for this change of heart.
First, I played college hockey. To this day I can still remember sitting in the locker room after our last game of the season. Our team captain, a senior like me, was going around to everyone; wishing the returning players good luck in the future and hugging his fellow seniors. I recalled the good times we had together, the team comraderie, the wise cracks (one I will always remember is one of my friends who did not play much saying “put me in coach, I have fresh legs” as he sat on the bench).
The second reason, looking back, is that I was a little hesitant to enter, as one of my professors used to say, “the real world”. As a student, I had grown accustomed to the “comfort zone” of school. While I had worked since I was 12 with various jobs, school was always there and was an integral part of my life. Now it would be “full time” work, and there was an uncertainty in this.
However, like the vast majority of graduates, I was able to adapt.
Now we come to the end of our MKMMA class and once again I have mixed emotions; this time of a different sort.
I have developed the “good habit” of structuring my Sundays around the webcast and the course; I have read the writings of my fellow MKMMA members and have been enlightened and inspired by their feelings and compassion. Og, Haanel, Wooden and Emerson have left an indelible mark on my soul. None of this will be forgotten. Applied knowledge is power.
In contrast to the trepidation that I think many of us had (myself included) when we went out on our own into the “real world”, this time there is no hesitation; no fear of the unknown. Our “coaches” (Mark, Davene, Trish) have prepared us well.
We are all ready to take the Hero’s Journey armed with the tools that we have learned.
To paraphrase my teammate’s quote: “Put me in the game of life coach, I have fresh legs”.