I'm so lucky to have amazing nieces and nephews. They keep me humble and proud. This year, two of them are graduating from High School. Noah is leaving Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul and is off to join the University of Miami! Carly is leaving Niceville High School and is heading to Gainesville to become a Gator at the University of Florida! Rival colleges in my state. How fun will that be!?
Time always kind of hits you when you see rites of passage like this. I'm filled with laughter and fond memories seeing these two very special people turn the chapter to begin their next chapter in life.
So, Noah & Carly, my love and wishes are with you as you turn the pages to begin the next chapter in the story of your lives. May all of your dreams come true. Godspeed. I love you, xooxox – Aunt Jody
I leave you with this oldie but goodie from Mary Schmich. Enjoy!
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.
Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.
Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.
Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.
Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.
Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.
Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.
But trust me on the sunscreen.