I graduated from College last weekend.
And while I'm proud of what I've accomplished, I can't help but be humbled by how so many people have helped get me where I am today.
It takes a village to raise a child and I am indebted to all of them for giving little pieces of themselves. Little seeds that have grown into the larger whole of my person.
People like my High School AP History teacher who made me work hard for that A. My AP English and Literature teachers whom I loved and taught me how to search for a deeper meaning in everything.
My Broadcast and Band Directors in High School who never let me settle for second best.
The College professors that opened my mind to whole new disciplines of study, like Anthropology, Theatre, Acting, Sociology, Writing, Music and others.
Professors for my minor course of study, especially Anne Applin, who encouraged me as a female in the field.
Professors in my major course of study that showed me I did have a passion for it, like Sue, T-Nick, Nonas, Meghan, and Johanns.
My extended Aunts and Uncles and cousins who always lent support, and let me make a few videos of them.
My friends who have given me pieces of them as they have come and gone, in and out of my life. Those really awesome great friends who have done nothing but been positive forces in my life.
My less-than-extended family, like Aunt Karen, Oma, Opa, Grandma, Grandpa who had major impacts on my life and I couldn't tell you how much ya'll have meant to me.
How could I forget my Parents? My siblings? I feed off of these people. It has been really humbling for me, to see exactly how they all are responding to helping me achieve my goals.
It's not an easy thing, you know, to move out to a new city, to the complete opposite coast/ocean from 95% of your family. But I am thankful that they are all so supportive and I feel like I might be ready to take this leap.
I think this village has done well by me. I think I could be ready to let the real world take me on.
So thank you.
Need to raise a child? Need me as part of your village? I'll be there in a heartbeat.