The end of another school year, and a new batch of graduates are ready to take on the world. Ready or not, they are about to collide with reality. The biggest collision for most graduates will occur in accepting responsibility. For most graduates, during thirteen years of K-12 school, responsibility has primarily floated precariously on the backs of family, friends, and teachers, who enabled them to taste and play at responsibility, but never really commit to it. That will change dramatically after graduation. Graduates will learn quickly the world is big, robust, and wonderful, but contrary to high school lore, it does not revolve around them. Unlike high school, they will learn they are not the center of the universe. They will come to understand that responsibility is not optional, but a prerequisite for everything of worth in life. Along with learning to love and respect one another, it is the center piece that provides balance to the world in which they live.
Keeping life in balance is a full time job; therefore, to all graduates, I have a few tips I would like to offer. Tips from an old guy who has been there is about as fair as it gets in life, so listen up:
20 Life Tips all Graduates Should Remember. . . .
- Life isn’t always fair, but it is still good;
- Don’t take yourself so seriously; no one else does;
- Make peace with your past, or it will screw up your present;
- If a relationship must be secret, you shouldn’t be in it;
- You are either living, or you are dying; the choice is yours;
- If you want to be a writer, write! Don’t talk about it;
- Don’t save the good stuff for a special tomorrow; today is special;
- Responsibility for your happiness begins with you;
- What other people think of you is none of your business, so leave it alone;
- Believe in Santa Claus and miracles;
- All that really matters in the end is that you loved;
- No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up;
- If you don’t ask, you don’t get; if you don’t play, you don’t win;
- Life is not tied with a bow, but it is still a gift;
- Try as hard as you like, but the past cannot be changed – move on;
- A good cry is okay if you move on after it is over;
- The opinions of others do not define your reality;
- You miss every shot you don’t take;
- Surround yourself with people smarter than you; and
- Your most valuable asset is you; invest in yourself.
Congratulations graduates! Your greatest journey is just beginning.
©Jack Linton, May 21, 2017