Our community is getting ready to celebrate a new chapter in the life of our youth as the oldest of these graduate high school.
Seniors, congratulations on your achievement. Graduation day marks a turning in your life from childhood to adulthood. As you move the tassel to the other side of your cap, you are also marching into a new time. A time filled with a full future based on hope, possibility, opportunity and courage.
At graduation day, all things are possible and all you have to do is see the possibilities. Do yourself a favor and throw your whole self into doing something you love. A famous quote by an unknown writer says, “If you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life.” You will have tremendous passion for the job and you will carry home more than a paycheck. You will wake up looking forward to going to work every day. And that is worth more than the money you will earn.
Here is more advice from some pretty famous people:
“Keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs
“Fall forward. This is what I mean: Reggie Jackson struck out 2,600 times in his career, the most in the history of baseball. But you don’t hear about the strikeouts. People remember the home runs. Fall forward. Thomas Edison conducted 1,000 failed experiments. Did you know that? I didn’t know that because the 1,001st was the light bulb. Fall forward. Every failed experiment is one step closer to success.” – Denzel Washington
“For many of you who maybe don’t have it all figured out, it’s okay. That’s the same chair that I sat in. Enjoy the process of your search without succumbing to the pressure of the result. Trust your gut, keep throwing darts at the dartboard. Don’t listen to the critics and you will figure it out.” – Will Ferrel
While some of you are making plans to go off to college, some of you are going straight into the workforce or even the military. Those, too, are honorable choices. So many college graduates are frustrated when there are so few jobs to be had. Skilled workers are needed more than ever. So, if college isn’t for you, learn a trade. There are plenty of jobs in those industries and they don’t have enough workers.
Most of all, enjoy the moment. You won’t ever relive it – it won’t happen again. So just be present and soak in all the congratulations and smiles and hugs from moms and dads who are so proud of you. Be proud of yourself and your accomplishments.
But when Monday rolls around, pause the celebration to remember those who devoted their life to the altar of freedom. They were called to serve our nation – a nation who has over the course of its life, stood in the face of evil, protected the vulnerable, stood watch over the protection of our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
These, the finest of our country, laid their life down so others could live freely, worship without fear of retribution, speak without danger of imprisonment and live a life of their choosing. The freedoms we enjoy in our country have been sealed with the blood of the fallen and we as a country cannot forget their sacrifice.