This trip home to Victoria has felt like… well, quite a trip – down memory lane, that is. I haven’t seen many friends, as I’ve been trying to soak up some quality time with family. Last night, Baby Bro (Ben) graduated from high school, which means the three of us (including Baby Sis, Alli) are no longer “kids”. It’s exciting to think we’re all past that stage of our lives, mostly because, as the eldest, I’ve always been anxious to see what my siblings would be like as adults. What will they do after university? Where will their careers take them? And will we stay this close, as we get older?
At the ceremony, I couldn’t help but think about my own back in 2003. On that very same stage, I delivered the valedictorian speech to my graduating class and felt so hopeful for the future. Of course, almost all of my goals and dreams have changed since then. So, if there’s one piece of advice I would give my brother or any other graduate today it would be to not worry about where you “should” be at certain age points. Life isn’t about hitting milestones by a specific age; it’s about surrounding yourself with people you love, finding work that challenges you, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and taking some risks. I can’t wait to see where Ben’s life leads him.
The proud big sister in me needs to share that he graduated with a 97% average, and he’ll be attending the University of Alberta on scholarship in the fall, where he plans to study petroleum engineering. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, he’s been out of school for a couple weeks already, which is why he has such an incredible tan. This pale girl has been extremely jealous but, after years of hiding in his room studying, the “kid” deserves some time in the sun!
There was no low of my week.
The high of my week was, without a doubt, watching Ben cross the stage last night. It took all my willpower not to shout embarrassing family nicknames at him, though! hehe
A blog post I loved was We’re All Trading Our Lives for Something – Trade Up. “Our lives are, by definition, made up of finite resources. Each of us has a limited amount of minutes, dollars, and units of energy with which to live our lives. And every passing day presents an opportunity to trade our lives for something else…” (Click to keep reading!)
The best money I spent was $8.01 on a sandwich and two hot chocolates (one for a friend) after the ceremony last night. I was freaking starving! (Also, I haven’t spent much money this week.)
My plans this weekend include crashing my old office’s annual summer BBQ tonight, going for a hike tomorrow morning then having dinner with my best friend Emma, hanging out with the fam and celebrating Ben’s grad/Mom’s birthday/my birthday at one big dinner on Sunday!
How was your week? What are you up to this weekend?