The time has come to say goodbye and thank you to our graduating high school seniors. Seniors, your time to fly is almost here.
Take this opportunity, before all the graduation celebrating occurs and express your sincere gratitude to your parents for preparing you for the world; to your teachers, coaches, counselors and administrators for countless pep talks and guidance; to the lunch ladies and bus drivers who fed you and drove you to school; to the school secretaries for answering questions and pointing you in the right direction; and to the youth ministers and club leaders who gave you advice, hugs, and learning experiences away from school. There are many people to thank, and very little time before graduation is here.
Taking time now to reflect upon how fortunate you are is an important lesson in humility. None of us arrive at our life’s destination without help. You have a strong support system within your family and community. You have been given the tools to try new experiences that may include college, work or the military. Pursue your dreams and remember to focus on the positive rather than the negative. While it is easy to be overly critical of yourself, learn to forgive yourself when you make mistakes…and remember, we all make mistakes. Balance your career, post- secondary education and your social life. Remember that too much of any one thing, especially a social thing, can lead you away from success. If you fail in one dream, be open to developing new dreams. Explore….discover your potential.
Wherever you are, remember to phone home. Tell Mom and Dad all about your journey and remember that even when your family is not physically with you, they are there for you. They and countless others have always been there behind the scenes in an effort to help you grow up into a successful adult.
So young people, remember to show your gratitude openly and honestly. A simple thank you and hand shake goes a long way. We, your parents, teachers, administrators, counselors and support staff are proud of you. Now it is up to you to go out into the world and shine. Good luck to our graduating seniors – the Class of 2013!
This column solely represents the writer's opinion.