Anxiety about Graduation

On August 11, I will be walking across the stage. On my RSVP for my own graduation, I indicated that I did have a disability (“low vision”) and that I would need to make sure I was aware of any possible obstacles as I was not planning to walk across the stage with my cane. While I am becoming way more comfortable with my cane, I choose to walk across the stage without it and I feel this is perfectly acceptable. It is a tool.. a mobility tool. And while some may feel they do not have the choice to choose when they use their tool and when they don’t (whether it be a cane, wheelchair, etc), right now in this certain situation I do feel I have that choice.

However, I have been anxious about this day for a while now. Why? Because there are stairs going up the stage.. there are bright lights cross the stage and a few hands I have to shake, and there are also stairs going down the stage. Anybody that hangs out with me a lot knows I tend to avoid stairs and they are most certainly not my friend. Elevators are way more friendly to me, but in this situation I, of course, cannot opt for that option.

I hope that in that matter of about 20 seconds, I can manage to go up the stairs, walk across the stage, shake the hands and pose for the picture, and walk down the stairs. We shall see. I’ll keep you updated.

❤ my readers!

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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

2 thoughts on “Anxiety about Graduation”

  1. I felt the exact same anxiety when my High School graduation was approaching. I was super nervous when I was about to go up the stage, but as I approached it, I just calmed down a bit. It turned out that everything was ok. I walked up the stage, did not fall or trip, shook everyones hand, and made it back to my chair. I was nervous for nothing. I hope that everything worked out for you too.

    1. Thank you so much for your encouragement. Graduation went great.. it was a bit nerve wracking but I loved it and crossed the stage just fine.

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