Some wisdom for graduates
Let the caps fly and the celebrations begin.
That’s exactly what is happening around the area. Seniors have finished their school work and now have diplomas in hand for the next venture in their lives.
I can’t believe how it has been 32 years since I graduated from high school. I can assure you that time passed by quickly. For once I wish time would slow down, but as you get older, I think it goes even faster.
With graduation season upon us once again, I thought I would offer some advice to this year’s graduating seniors. A little graduation wisdom, if you will.
One motto that sticks out in my mind back from when I graduated is “If you want to be best, you’ve got to give more.” This is something that has rung true for me throughout my life. I think we always need to aim to do better no matter what we’re tackling in life.
Life is going to bring many challenges, some exciting and happy ones and others perhaps not so pleasant. It’s important to find yourself grounded with a strong support system that can pull you through the difficult times. I can assure you that there will be tough times whether it’s personally, professionally or just life in general. It can be a lonely road traveling down the path of life and even worse without strong people around you to help.
Undoubtedly you’re going to make mistakes along the way. We all do. But what’s most important is how you handle those mistakes and what you learn from them. If you mess up in some way, don’t despair and find a way to make it right.
Even though your high school days are behind, don’t forget that learning never stops. Life is an adventure, and there are always new things to learn. Be open to learning and embrace it. You’re not going to get ahead in life if you think that you know everything and can’t learn something new.
I always encourage young people to focus on their work ethic. For some reason it seems like our younger generation has gotten away from a strong work ethic. Blame it on video games, ipads, computer screens, cell phones or whatever you want. The fact is young people need to realize that not everything is going to be handed to them on a silver platter. You need to work for it. And the harder you work, the greater chance you’ll have of succeeding.
Respect is another area that I would encourage you to pay attention to as venture out. It’s imperative to show respect to police, political leaders (even though you don’t agree with them), elders and others in leadership positions. We have become a very divided nation. Your generation can play a key role in helping to repair the damage that has been done along the way.
Don’t be afraid to take a few risks along the way. Just remember that every failed experiment is one step closer to success. Be prepared for failures because you will fail at some point in your life.
As you venture out with that diploma in hand, stay true to yourself by following your passion and never someone else’s path. Success is to live life with lots of integrity and not give in to peer pressure to be something you’re not.
With a little wisdom in mind, I wish you the best of luck as in go in hot pursuit of venturing into adult life.