School is out for the summer! At least school is out in my community. The high school graduation will be Saturday. The familiar routine of the school year is temporarily suspended. I was even told by one rising 5th grader that she had turned her brain off for the summer. For many there is joy, celebration, and even relief. There is also sadness. The end of the school year is an ending. For some it is the ending of a phase of life. For others it is loss of the comfortable and familiar way of doing things. It is difficult to face an unknown next step for many students. It may also be difficult to face the seemingly endless expanse of summer vacation when friends are not as present as during the school year.
The end of the school year has me thinking about endings in general. Endings usually make us sad for what we are losing. Endings make us afraid of what is going to happen next. Yet, if we do not have an ending their is no new beginnings. For example, if we do not have an ending to our elementary school days, then we can never begin our middle school days. The high school graduation leads to adulthood. While endings are moments of saying goodbye to a stage of life, they are also opening our lives to a new beginning.
What needs to have an ending in your life so that you can experience a new beginning?