My 2012 Self: the graduate

  • 22 May 2012

I’m thrilled at the surge in new blog prompts spurred by the WEGO Health month-long challenge in April. This time, Jen from Keep The Calm has created the challenge, followed by Marie from JBBC. And a big thank-you to Renn, who started us off last week with a six-sentence blogging challenge.

The newest prompt in our blogosphere?

Post a photo or self portrait or other form of visual art (if you are not comfortable sharing your visage with us) of yourself that describes who you have been within the last six months.

I thought I’d be stumped by this one. But after taking an evening swim in the pool, I’ve come up with an idea. (I do my best thinking while I’m swimming.)

The photo I’ve chosen portrays me at my high school graduation party with my favorite aunt, for whom I was named.

Why a picture of the graduate? Well, it’s that time of year, isn’t it?

But I have a better reason. And it’s summed up in the words of Paul Freund:

At commencement you wear your square-shaped mortarboards.  My hope is that from time to time you will let your minds be bold, and wear sombreros.

In the last six months I have donned my sombrero. I’ve boldly salsa-danced my way into a new version of my former self. I’ve awakened from my siesta to take on new energy. Now, as when I was 17, I am single, a senorita freed from verbal chains that rattled me to the core.  Having graduated from that state of affairs, I’ve emerged in 2012 with fresh vistas of adventures to come.

I tip my tasseled cap to Jen for suggesting this prompt. It stirs emotions in me that were long dormant. Now I just need to rise to the occasion. And choose la buena vida, the good life. After all, commencement ceremonies have just begun.


  • Marie Ennis-O’Connor

    How clever of you Jan to choose this picture :-) i just loved the energy and hope of this post – and look at your LONG hair – wow!

  • Jen

    A tribute to starting anew with a picture of old is a lovely sentiment. Springing forward with a sombrero is a great way to see you move.

  • jhasak

    This post was so fun to write. I slept very well last night after publishing it, knowing it just might inspire someone else going through a crisis, to know there is light at the end. Cancer put an end to my long hair. But I weep not. In the movie “Tangled,” after all the mishaps, Rapunzel looks radiant in her short hair. xx

  • jhasak

    Thanks, Jen, for starting this new thread. Today I wear my sombrero (actually a bike helmet) and set off for new trails in my new city. xx

  • Catherine

    Wonderful! I love the sombrero quote, and the graduation photograph. Keep up the salsa dancing :) It’s yet another phase of life promising adventure.

  • jhasak

    Thanks for stopping by, Catherine. The quote really spoke to me, too. I’ll definitely continue to salsa dance; that’s one way I keep the adventure alive. xx

  • Pinkunderbelly

    Nicely done, Jan. The element of hopefulness is spilling over with this post, and it’s a joy to see you embracing your new life. Here’s to nothing but good times ahead! xo

  • jhasak

    I’m so grateful for friends like you, Nancy, who fill my life with joy with their encouraging posts and comments. Let’s all hope together for good times ahead. Let’s make the rest of our lives the best of our lives. xx

  • Beth L. Gainer

    Love, love, love this posting and the picture! Fabulous. And I love the message of the posting. Enjoy your renewed sense of freedom!

  • jhasak

    Thank you very much, Beth! I am enjoying my new life very much and am about to get my diploma. xx

  • Renn @ The Big C and Me

    I am so behind in my reading! I must admit, this challenge completely stumped me. But it didn’t stump you! You grabbed it and ran. Great job, Jan!
    PS Thanks for the shout out!

  • jhasak

    Thank you, Renn, for your kind comment. Funny how swimming in a pool can get my creative juices going. You’re welcome for the shout out. I love your blog. xx

  • Liz

    I love the thought of the sombrero! Raising a (metaphorical) glass of sangria to you Down Under!!

  • jhasak

    And I’m raising my glass of that divine drink to you in the Northern Hemisphere. Cheers! Thanks for stopping by, Liz.