Graduation Day

cap and gownToday is graduation day at many colleges and universities across America. It’s been 10 years since I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, so today makes me think back to that day.

I don’t remember much about that day. I know that I coordinated a catered lunch for my group of friends and their families, and people seemed to appreciate the effort.

I don’t remember the day feeling like a climax to a grand collegiate experience, nor did it feel like the start of something new. It just felt like any other day, but with too many people around at all times.

Looking back, though, I wish I hadn’t taken that day for granted. A lifetime of quality eduction, endless support from my parents (both financial and intellectual), and so many friends and teachers along the way led to my graduation. Even though it wasn’t an eventful day, it was a day to reflect on the many blessings of my life.

Last night when I sat down for dinner, I counted those blessings. I rarely remember to do that–even though we prayed before every meal growing up, now that I live alone, as soon as I sit down, food is in my mouth.

But last night was different. Yesterday was a pretty incredible day for me thanks to an outpouring of support on my Kickstarter campaign. It’s the product of 8 months of hard work, as well as the time and talents of many people who contributed to creating the game. In the 12 hours between when I pressed the launch button and when I sat down for dinner, the project raised over $30,000–double my funding goal. I never imagined something like that would happen.

So I took a moment before dinner to literally count my blessings, something I should have done on my graduation day. Something I should do more often.

Thus I ask you today: What are you grateful for?