Dear seventeen year old Naomi,
So, dear 17 year old Naomi, if you ever sit down and wonder, “who will I be in 5 years?”, let me tell you what I know of the answer to that question.
Five years ago, I was driving up to Las Cruces for an adventurous day of traveling around taking your high school senior pictures. I was at the beginning stages of my burgeoning passion for photography and you were a very supportive friend with a [conveniently] beautiful face. Though it was only one of my first, that photoshoot was one of the most “alive” I’ve ever had. You were beginning to grow into the woman you are today- confident, poised, and electric.
You’ve always had a passion for the growth of the people you love, but in these past five years you have learned how to hone that into a selfless, giving investment into the lives of others. You are excited to see people grow into more beautiful reflections of God’s glory for the sake of their greater good and God’s name being praised, and not your own personal gain. You celebrate who people are and champion them towards who they can become.
“she was the harp– a captivating oratorio within the music room dear. intricacies of elegance within her ballerina fingerprints, created warm atmosphere. she caressed the hearts of friends with her soul giving light. the evening never ends, with a soul encompassed of iridescently beaming insight.”
the hostess – laura mccauley
You are not a “halfway” kind of person. Five years ago, you were sometimes a little bit timid of jumping into situations wholeheartedly. Five years later, I have not seen you flinch before any challenge, obstacle, or step towards greatness. If you go on an adventure, you’re ready to make a crazy memory. If you relax and pamper, you go all out. If you make a new friend, you’re available to be a listening ear, confidant, and prayer partner. While it is definitely more draining to give your 100% in every situation, that does not stop you from pouring into your studies, prioritizing time with family, and investing in the Kingdom of God.
There is one thing about you that has most definitely not changed in these five years. You are a daughter of the King. The One who made you and gave you your vibrant passion for living well has been the same faithful, steadfastly loving Heavenly Father through every day of these past 1,825 days.
So as you embark on these next 365 days that hold the pivotal moment of receiving your bachelor’s degree, remember and know [gnostos; experientially know through first hand experience] this simple truth : you are loved.
with much love,
your bosom friend and future sister-in-love
Congratulations Naomi! Today, and on graduation day, we celebrate you. Your family and friends stand behind you as you take off and flip the world upside down.
Naomi – Senior 2011