The Swartz Report: My Daughter Begins Her Lifelong Road Trip

graduation picturePost written by Donald Swartz, President and Principal at Swartz + Associates, Inc. | Lover of Chiefs, Royals and golf | Avid “Cruiser” | Poker Enthusiast

My wife and I recently traveled with our daughter to Washington, D.C. where she began her “real world”, post-college life.

Upon finding a nice apartment, the race was on to get the lease signed, buy furniture, get the electricity set up, establish high-speed internet and cable, buy food, move a countless amount of clothes, and get her ready to start her job on Monday.

It was quite the whirlwind of activity for a couple of days but well worth the effort.

It reminded me of my own experience 30+ years ago, when I moved to Kansas City after graduating from college.

Moving to a new city, knowing very few people my age and trying to get acclimated to the surroundings was quite daunting.

However, it was also very exciting to be on my own and living independently.

Of course, I always knew I would have family support whenever I needed it, and I hope my daughter knows we will always be there for her.

One week is almost in the books for the next stage of her life and so far, so good.

As parents, we can only talk about so many situations. Ultimately, you have to live and experience these things in order to gain knowledge. This is especially true in the working world.  Make sure you embrace the challenge of work and learn from mistakes.

If you’re a follower of my blogs over the years, there will be no “Daddy-daughter” road trip back to college this fall.  Instead, I can’t wait to hear how her lifelong “road trip” takes shape.

Best of luck to Miriam… but really, no luck is necessary.  I just know she’s going to be great!

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Miriam’s new apartment!


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