This past weekend, my family and I celebrated the high school graduation of my niece, Liamarie. Once I got over the shock of her already being old enough to be out of high school, I thought about all of the wisdom I wanted to bestow upon her to save her some hard life lessons. I wanted to convince her that although ilfe seems uncertain and scary right now, everything is playing out just as it should; that she will find her place in the world exactly when she is meant to, so not to worry. I wanted to help her see that the true significance in life comes from our connections to one another and not about what job she lands or whether or not she goes to college. I wanted to say, so convincingly, “Don’t worry about this new freedom and lack of day-to-day, school-related structure. The world is your oyster!” But, as with all of us, Liamarie must experience, firsthand, life’s trials and tribulations. Only then will she grow and evolve in the way she is meant to. Only then will she realize that it is in the experiencing of these challenges that she is fully immersed in life. Isn’t there some saying about giving a man a fish vs. teaching him to fish? Yeah, yeah, that’s it. Liamarie must learn how to fish.
Everyone in their own time