I reflect upon the memories I have of my first day of school. I
remember walking with slow, steady steps toward the front door of
the school. Little did I realize I was approaching the next
phase in life, traveling hand in hand with a loved one. I had
been looking forward to it for so long, and finally, there it was
the first day of school. I began the process of formal
education, only to continue on the path of learning that I had
begun at birth. I was anxious, yet excited, and a whole new world
lay ahead, just waiting to be discovered. In the following years
I continued to grow in every way: intellectually, socially, physically
and emotionally. But with the commencement of each phase came the
same feeling of a fresh start and a new beginning, as I traveled
a step or two closer to my, then perceived, goals.
There is a special feeling I get inside when I am about to
embark upon a new experience. It is that "first day of school" feeling,
replayed over and over through life with only slight variations.
Always present is that excitement in my stomach, as I wonder
what is about to happen. The odd sensation of doing something completely
new and unexpected is sure to accompany me through the earliest
stages of every adventure. Symbols of that day bring all of those
feelings flooding back to the forefront of my mind. Items as simple
as a lunch sack, a backpack or a new pair of tennis shoes remind
me of that anticipation. I remember being prepared to start studying
with a new pencil and notebook and feeling squeaky clean, wearing
that new outfit that was saved for just such a day. As I saw the
bus rounding the corner, I anxiously wondered if it would
stop for me.
I sense the end of my summer years slipping slowly into the
beginning of the autumn of my life. The mornings are starting to get cooler and
the sweet scent of the early morning dew clears my mind. This jogs my
memory of the fears and thrills from early school days and young adulthood so that I can
share them with my family. They will love to hear of my
adventures - as each of those experiences mean a great deal
and have brought me to where I am today.|
All of the "firsts" in life bring about that feeling of anticipation,
that giggle you feel inside. That feeling is wonderful motivation
to keep striving to experience life's vast opportunities. Relive
the best of the past with anniversaries, celebrating your favourite
firsts. Try new things, developing talents and interests you may
not have known about. Continue on the path of life with a smile
in your heart as you experience the successes along with the challenges.
The most wonderful thing about learning is that it can happen at
any time in our lives, during any phase. You can always continue
to learn and grow, trying new things and expanding your repertoire
of experiences. It is possible to have that "first day of school "
feeling at any time in life. Never settle for where you are. Always
forge ahead into the unknown for what seems to be just beyond your
reach. Think about the person you were on your first day of school
and remember the determination that has got you where you are today.
Just imagine how much farther you can go. Strive for more, and you
will become better. One day you will look back and realize how far
you've come and be pleased that you have exceeded your wildest dreams.