Graduating, 5 Years Apart
Yesterday I officially graduated from University as I wrote my last exam as an undergraduate student. The picture on the left is from 2008 when I graduated High School, and the one on the right is from today. It is crazy to think about everything that has changed in my life over the previous 5 years. But there are also many things that haven’t changed. I am still shy and quiet, I am still single, and I still suffer from depression.
Tonight, I will be going out for dinner with my sister for what she thinks is just a celebration of me finishing University. However, what only I will know, is that this is also a celebration of so much more for me. A celebration of how hard I have worked both in school and at work so that I could graduate with no debts. A celebration of how much I have improved as a person and as a man over that time. And most importantly, a recognition of how hard I have battled with my own demons, so that my mental illnesses would not consume me.
I am happy I have reached this point, and I can only hope that 5 years from now I have more of life’s mysteries figured out.