I have never accomplished anything entirely on my own. Family, friends, and sometimes people I don’t know played a role in supporting my efforts.
You read stories of how individuals overcame obstacles, pulling themselves by their proverbial “bootstraps.” Yes, we must take the first step and possess some self-motivation.
No one ever really goes it alone.
As I worked full-time and drove three nights a week to graduate classes, my husband cooked dinner for himself or our sons. One son would bring me snacks late at night or on the weekend as I scoured over research articles and wrote papers.
Friends sent notes of encouragement, hung with me, and understood why lunch had to wait — for now. My daughter, busy with a new baby, never let me forget that my goals mattered. Our youngest son listened as I expounded on some new theory or idea fermenting in my thoughts.
Could I have reached the destination without the guidance of a brilliant professor or classmates who challenged my thinking? Maybe, but each gave me a piece of courage and persistence that smoothed the path.
On graduation day, I may have been the one walking across the stage, but I was never alone. And I am forever grateful.
Who stands behind you?
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This six-word story first appeared in the Six Word Photo Story Challenge on Medium.