It's pretty obvious things have been a bit quiet here. The past couple of weeks have been extremely hectic, not only with my last week of school but also with last minute renovations at home. But I'd say it was all worth it.
Yesterday was one of the best days of my life. After all of my trials, tribulations, good times, bad times, literal blood, sweat and, tears, I am officially a college graduate, along with my sister
and our mom. All three of us walked across the stage in our caps and gowns, with our family and friends there showing their love and support.
I personally want to thank my friend
and her mom for being able to make it and show your support when I was worried you weren't able to. Seeing you there after the ceremony seriously made my day. Thank you so much!
I also want to thank all of my friends and even passing acquaintances for showing their support as well during this 9-year journey. You know who you all are.
I also want to extend thanks to everyone in my family for the unending amount of love and encouragement and for putting with my complaints through it all. Particularly, I thank my grandpa for his love and encouragement and financial support when I was struggling with financial aid.
Most particularly, I want to thank my late grandma Vivian for everything she's done for me. Without her, I don't think I would've gotten as far as I did. It still saddens me that she is no longer here to see me walk and all I've achieved, but I know if she were she would be so immensely proud. Even as I type this, my old feelings of grief well up in me, making me feel regret for not talking to her as much as I could have. But I'm not going to dwell on that. I'm going to be happy that she was there as long and as much as she was. Grandma, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I'll always miss you and love you deeply.
Well, things are finally starting to settle down at home. We have no more outstanding deadlines to meet, no assignments to do. So, the question remains: what now? I do know for sure I want to get back to my personal projects, and I do still have two commissions to complete, but I'm making some progress on them. After that, I'll open up a new batch and take at least a month off to relax. Yeah, there's still student debt to think about, but I'm not going to worry about that yet.
The world is my oyster now. I'm taking my first tentative steps into the real world. It's going to be hard, but I'll make it as good as I can. My aunt gave me a couple of good adulthood management books for me to read.
Right now it's just good to be free.
Thank you all for being here.