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Conversations with Myself

High School Graduation

Thoughts on my high school graduation:

  • Congratulations on being named Salutatorian – second place folks always try harder!
  • Your first night away from home will be your first night away at college. That’s hard to believe, but then again, 1972 was a different time. Stay safe, have some fun, but not too much, and do your best. Notice I said “do your best” – I didn’t say you have to be perfect.
  • College is totally different from high school – much harder, but you can do it. Your parents were right to send you to a coed college; you’ll need to learn about how to get along with all types of people, including both genders.
  • Your boyfriend will keep in touch with you; don’t be so scared about the girls at his college. They’re not you.
  • Always believe in yourself. Your parents already do.

Lebanon Valley College

Thoughts on my college (undergraduate) graduation:

  •  You broke up with your high school boyfriend – the first boy you ever dated (Yes – your parents did make you wait until you were 17 years old!!! Things are different now, to say the least). It happened to a lot of students. You were heartbroken, but survived. In fact, you did more than that – you thrived, and met a handsome, intelligent, romantic young man who stole your heart.
  • This boyfriend broke up with you – heartbroken again – but you couldn’t compete with the Homecoming Queen. That’s all right. Wait until you see what life has in store for you!
  • Being a biology/pre-med major tested all of your discipline, used all of your brain and forced you to manage your time wisely, but in the long run, it will be worth it.
  • You believed in yourself. Your parents never stopped believing.
  • Parties?  You went to one as a freshman, to see what all the excitement was about, then one as a Senior to say good-bye to your friends. What was all the fuss???
  • What were you thinking, trying to be sorority president and residence hall advisor for your sorority house at the same time? You learned a lot about diplomacy and politics, to say the least.
  • Dean’s List, Who’s Who – you did good!  Keep striving.

Pennsylvania College of Optometry

Thoughts on my Optometry School graduation:

  • Congratulations, Doctor. You look lovely with that rose.  Best friends for life?  Probably not, but that’s okay.  There will be other friends.
  • Optometry school was such a challenge; who knew that studying one organ in the body could take 4 years of didactic and clinical hours? At least you might be able to get more than 3 hours of sleep a night from now on.
  • You’re either brave or not too smart – you actually rented office space for your own practice before you graduated? Before you took your Boards? Before you even found out if you passed State & National Boards? But I guess if you believe in yourself – if you invest in yourself – all things will be well and will work out.
  • This has been no small achievement.  By working harder now than you ever have, you’ll find it to be easier in later life.
  • You will start from nothing, and in becoming successful, earn the trust of many.  Never take that for granted.
  • Good luck in private practice (you’ll have 15 years). You have the tremendous privilege of being entrusted with people’s eyesight; take that seriously and remember to be mindful of the miracle that is sight.

Loyola University Maryland

Thoughts on my graduate school graduation:

  • You did it! You switched careers and went back to school.  Who said life begins at 40?  There were right – late 40s, anyway.
  • You found what you were born to do, where you were supposed to be.  These three years will count among the happiest times in your life.
  • As an eye doctor, you helped people to see.  Now, as a therapist, you’ll help them to see with the eyes of their heart.
  • You are going to sit with more pain, despair and suffering, in darkness, than you could ever imagine, or even know existed.  But you will be the better for it.  You will learn to look for the light.
  • You will be a keeper of secrets, a listener of stories, and you will be changed forever.  You will learn compassion and presence and gain insight into this journey called life.
  • You will see countless examples of the triumph of the human spirit, and will learn that we don’t have a soul, we are a Soul, in this, our Creator’s kindergarten.
  • As a wounded healer, you will heal others, on their way to wholeness.  But don’t forget to offer yourself that same gift.
  • You will tread on Sacred Ground.  Walk softly, for their spirits are diminished and their souls are bruised.
  • Be well, my child, be well.  The best is yet to be!

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16 thoughts on “Conversations with Myself

  1. Very well done. Beginning a second career in your 40s is an inspiration as I am currently at that stage and contemplating what to do with the rest of my life :-). I am leaning towards the status quo for a variety of reasons but your story is giving me additional items to think about.

    • I am glad you are thinking about it. The first career was more for my parents; this one is for me. You’ll bring fresh eyes to something others may already be tired about, along with enthusiasm. Listen to your heart; if you’re anything like me, it will become a vocation – a calling – and will fulfill what is presently empty. Good luck and blessings on this part of your journey.

  2. You learned a lot of things in Life and still learning,Glad to know your Thoughts in different situations of Life.. 😀

    And I believe Life is all about Learning,The good and even the Bad because that is what life is all about..Learn as much as you can till it is over.. 😀

    • Sometimes we learn more from the difficult times than we do from the good times. And after it’s ‘over,’ I think we go on learning, just differently somehow.

  3. Deeply inspiring Theresa, thank you so much for sharing!
    I especially love…”As an eye doctor, you helped people to see. Now, as a therapist, you’ll help them to see with the eyes of their heart.”
    That statement really touched my heart. Thank you for the wonderful person you clearly are, and for all the beautiful things you have done for the world. God bless! xx

    • Thank you, Tatiana, for always taking the time to read and comment; it means a lot to me, and your thoughts give me more inspiration to keep writing. It does my heart good to know that someone cares.

  4. What nice hair you had in high school! Now I know where I get the looks from


    Your life is a great story that’s far from finished

    • What’s interesting is that I write about people who have inspired me, so if you are touched, I’m just paying it forward… Thank you for your kind words.

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