As the calendar moves from May to June a large segment of our population takes part in their own proverbial turning of the page.
It is graduation season and millions of high school and college students will begin a new phase in their lives.
As these young people start moving on, I thought it would be a good time to get some sage words of wisdom from a member of the “seasoned” community in advice to the young whipper-snappers who are about to take over the world.
Without further adieu, allow me to introduce this honored statesman, intellect and philosopher who will depart these words of wisdom…….
OK, sorry to disappoint but that is the best I could do on such short notice, after all I have only known graduation day was coming for the last 364 days!
Instead of statesman, intellect and philosopher, I’ll just do the best I can.
While not words that will change the world, I do believe these brief thoughts can change a young person’s direction and help make life a bit easier and more enjoyable.
DREAM HUGE – this is your moment, don’t let any dream be too big. Dream your dream and then find a way to make it a reality. Don’t mistake wanting to do something with making it a reality, dreams take planning and work to come true, but when you make it happen, the hard-work required is worth it…. go for it!
CHANGE YOUR MIND – nothing says that you must have your entire game-plan laid out the day you graduate. Try something, if you don’t like it don’t be afraid to change your mind…. often!
FIND YOUR TRIBE – as someone who didn’t always fit in during my high school years, I found my “tribe,” during college and my 20’s and these are the people who shaped my life and led me into adulthood. Find the people who make you your best and then embrace them.
RESPECT YOUR ELDERS – trust me, you will be an elder before you even imagined it possible.
ERASE “I WILL NEVER” FROM YOUR VOCABULARY – I will never be fat, I will never let my kid do that, I will never work weekends, I will never get fired, I will never, I will never, I will never…… yes you will so erase the thought!
GO ON AN ADVENTURE – find something you are passionate about and then drop everything and chase the passion. Join a campaign, backpack the countryside, run a marathon, just do something. You will have your entire life to do what is expected of you, do something for a purpose greater than yourself or a challenge that will change you forever.
LEARN TO COOK – no explanation is necessary, just learn to cook.
MAKE MISTAKES – there is nothing wrong with making a mistake, there is nothing wrong with making many mistakes. The best way to handle a mistake is apologize, move on and try your best not to repeat the mistake again. We are humans, not perfect, so don’t be afraid to screw up.
LAUGH – every single day, find a reason to laugh. If for no other reason, than it just feels good!
DON’T FORGET WHERE YOU COME FROM – all I wanted to do when I was young was escape where I came from. As I got older all I wanted to do was come home. The people you grew up with will be there when life gives you joy and sorrow. Don’t forget the people who shaped you and supported you and above all else, shared a common experience that will be looked back on with joy for the rest of your life!
That’s it, sorry I couldn’t find a great philosopher and intellect, just words of advice from an old guy at a keyboard.
Congrats on your graduation, there is a big, beautiful, amazing world out there waiting for you…… go conquer it!