OUR OPINION: A tip for young graduates – LaGrange Daily News
WWe just saw hundreds of local graduates cross the stage and take the next step in their lives, and every year it has a big impact on us. When you see all the graduation hats and gowns, the diplomas handed out and the speeches, it’s hard not to come back to that same point in your own life, isn’t it?
At 18, we all have big dreams. We’re all going to go out and change the world, live our dreams, marry the perfect partner, and live in a big house with a lot of money. Oh, but life doesn’t work that way, does it?
To the graduates who have just finished their secondary studies, we will begin by congratulating. Some of you will immediately go to work, others will go to college or the military. No matter what you choose, be sure to choose something.
As Dr. Seuss says in “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” don’t get stuck in the waiting room. “Don’t get stuck” waiting for a train to go or a bus to come or a plane to come or the mail to come or the rain to leave or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or wait for a yes or no or wait for their hair to grow.
As Dr Seuss so eloquently puts it, waiting is a terrible thing. Instead, we encourage you to shake things up – control what you can control. Take the enthusiasm and energy you have now and put it to work to achieve your goals, one day at a time.
Don’t think for a second that you can’t accomplish something.
But again, know that life is going to be stressful. However, the next few years will be some of the best – and least stressful – years of your life. Whether you go to college or not, you will find as you reflect that the big test you have – or the big task at work that you have ahead – isn’t really a big deal when put on the job. test of time. Yes, you have to study and work hard, but as the old saying goes, don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.
High school prepared you for most of the world’s challenges, but life itself can often throw a curve ball at you. Think you’ve got it all figured out? It’s when something breaks or it rains on a sunny day you haven’t brought an umbrella. Or when something is postponed at a bad time. Or your child gets sick on a day when you have a big task.
Life will definitely keep you on your toes, so we’d say be prepared, but that’s impossible for these types of curved balls. Instead, we’ll say being prepared to evolve, adapt, and shape yourself to be whatever that particular day needs.
This is what successful people are able to do better than anyone else.
In your twenties, where you’ll all be shortly, you think you’ve got it all figured out and it’s normal to feel that way. Maybe you got most of the stuff. We hope you will.
But it’s more than likely that you don’t, so we also encourage you – and we kindly mean it – to stop talking and listen more often than not. People older than you might not be able to tweet, but they could probably be circling around you right now in your chosen profession.
That’s enough advice for now. More than anything, we want to say that we always love to cover all local high school graduation ceremonies.
As a community newspaper we have all seen you grow up and many of you have probably been photographed in the newspaper at some point over the years. Maybe it was a community Easter egg hunt, a school project, a kindergarten graduation, a high school honor, a sporting event – but it’s likely that we’ve introduced you in one way or another over the years.
So we were extremely happy to see you all cross the stage this year, especially after seeing graduation ceremonies so impacted last year by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We wish you all the luck in the world as you go out and chase your dreams. Whatever you want to do in this life, you can probably accomplish it if you think about it, so good luck to you all.