feelings day is today

Today was a day for feels, to be sure. This special (but rather short) thank you blog post goes out to the Denison Communication Department, a reflection on leadership, and an e-mail about commencement…a few of the things that made me feel ALL the emotions today.

I’m very very lucky and if I needed another reminder, today was it.

In a review of the Communication department, I got to speak to my experience in the major and why it has meant so much to me. How could I put into words that the ability to make meaning of my own experience and the experiences of others was handed to me in a holistic curriculum wrapped with a bow of empathy and mentorship? I mean, I tried, but it didn’t come out exactly like that.

I got home and sat down to write a reflection on leadership. I wrote about the ways I’ve been shaped at Denison by my mentors and peers. Here’s an excerpt:
Leadership should not demand extraversion. It should not demand a position. It should not demand a loud voice. Leadership should only demand a passionate voice. The strongest leaders come at challenges with unadulterated passion, embodying a healthy idealism and a joy with which they do all things. I believe that the practice of leadership, at its core, is creating the space for others to realize their full potential. It is supporting fellow humans in their own journey with a lightheartedness. Above all things, I have tried to face life at Denison head-on with immense joy. I will admit, it’s been rather easy because of the gift of optimism I’ve been given in my time here.

And THEN I read an e-mail from Denison that I got earlier about commencement asking me if I was going to be at graduation and I was like YES IF I CAN HANDLE ALL OF THE FEELINGS YOU MADE ME FEEL BECAUSE THIS E-MAIL JUST NOW.

Being sad and happy at the same time is one of the most beautiful human experiences. I am glad and blessed and lucky to be feeling both emotions in spades right now.

Also, I’m sending out special good vibes to the Class of 2015 tonight.

love love love
Megan

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