My grandson just graduated from elementary school. The ceremony was very moving and inspiring. I like that our society is beginning to encourage more formal celebrations of meaningful impasses in life. As we grow older the opportunities to ceremoniously honor our growth and change become less and less. Yet, we are always growing and evolving all the time because life usually manages to bring us opportunities to mature and learn. We discover along the path of life that we must become our own best champions, regardless of what anyone else thinks. When we can celebrate our “little wins” like staying calm when something unfortunate or unexpected happens, or being positive when we are afraid, then we truly have acquired the gift of maturity. Although we don’t get to wear a cap and gown or be adorned with leis, we can smile inside to know how far we have come along this journey of life, and we never really graduate until our final breath.