LETTER TO MY SON UPON GRADUATION

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Love is not easy to put into words, especially a mother’s love, the depth of which is unfathomable.

 

Dear Son,

 

I can’t believe that soon I’ll be standing there watching you walk across a stage to be handed your diploma. You’ve worked so hard to get to this point. I’m proud of you, son.

Today is your day to shine. You’ll be nervous but I hope not scared, you’ve done your part. I don’t know how to tell you how proud I am of you. I’m glad that we have the mother & son relationship that is very rare, and that you know you can always count on me and talk to me about anything. (…na Yohani nagustressa ujye umbwira nkwereke!)

Son, you and I are a family, a small one maybe, but with all of the love, strength, happiness, caring, efforts, joy, fun times together (n’ubwo utera akavuyo nkongera nkabitunganya), trials we have faced together, sicknesses where we have taken care of each other, disappointments in friends, all of the life learning experiences, all help.jpgof our disagreements along with our agreements, the everyday ups and downs, we are actually an extremely large family in all that we have faced, and achieved. I love you immensely and always, with great pride, happiness and joy.

 

Always be yourself and ignore those that don’t respect that. Take risks, get in over your head and be spontaneous. Repeat. Be tolerant of others. You’re not always right. Plan but deviate often. If you fail, learn from it and fail enthusiastically. Just as you would in success, extract everything you can out of your failures. Never stop learning. Stand tall and be confident. Be proud of yourself, because you were created with intent and a purpose that requires you to be like no other. You’ve taught me a lot of things about myself and life in general; you’ve permanently changed me for the better. You taught me how to find joy in the moment. You have the gift of turning the mundane into amusement.

I am and will always be your best friend, for the rest of your life. I’ll stand up for you, help you, and provide you an endless array of …I’ll drop anything I’m doing in a second, if you need me.

imagesCONGRATULATIONS on all of the achievements and accomplishments you have made so far. I know you have many, many more to attain. This is just one chapter of your life that is closing with your graduation. God has blessed you with a good mind, good looks and health, and a good heart. So go forward on your journey Son, and do good. I am in your corner, your loudest cheerleader, and proudest Mother.

Congratulations Lionceau, INES-RUHENGERI Graduate Year 2014.

With all my love possible,

Mom

 

MY BUCKET LIST

Sometimes, there is no next time. Sometimes, there are no second chances. Sometimes, it’s now or never.

This is how I am holding myself accountable. This is a list of goals I want to achieve, dreams I want to fulfill and life experiences I desire to experience before I die…a number of achievements that I hope to have and/or accomplish during my lifetime.

“MY BUCKET LIST”

For as long as I live I expect this list to be a work in progress, but it will always give me something to strive for.

  • Travel all around the world.
  • Experience a sunrise/sunset.
  • Plant a tree, care for it and watch it grow together with me.
  • Learn a new language. It’s never easy to learn a new language but it’s so satisfying to able to converse with someone in a foreign language.
  • Go horseback riding.
  • Give a heartfelt surprise to someone.
  • Perform kind deeds (as many as humanly possible) without expecting anything in return.
  • Make a positive difference in someone’s life. Change someone’s life for the better…permanently.
  • Start my own business.
  • Write and publish a book.
  • Do public speaking in front of 500 (or more) people.
  • Throw a mega party.
  • Let my Family and friends know how much they mean to me.
  • Go for further education in a different field. Take a degree that will complement with my current one.
  • Learn to play a musical instrument.
  • Create my dream home (with the help of professionals).
  • Adopt a child.
  • Take an international trip with my man.
  • Start a family and have my very OWN kids. (Gooosh, I love kids!)
  • Visit France, Greece, Italy, Canada, Egypt…
  • Take up dancing.
  • Help people in need.
  • Learn to swim.
  • Learn a martial art.
  • Go on a road trip with the man I love.
  • Live in a different country for at least 6 months.
  • Live through four seasons of the year.
  • Achieve my ideal weight (min 50kgs)
  • Go on a cruise.
  • Become less shy.
  • Marry and…
  • Grow old with someone i love
  • Fly first class.
  • Learn how to walk in high heels.
  • Give people a reason to remember me.

Slowly but surely, I hope to cross off each and every item, bringing with them unbelievable experiences and incredible memories.