Today is the day! One of the biggest days in a persons life....the day when one chapter in your life ends and another begins. The day that transforms you from a child and young adult that is being guided by their parents, to an adult responsible for the choices and decisions they make.
Listening to the speeches given by some of the graduates, it's hard not to think back about the day that I graduated and where I was emotionally. Some of my classmates were well onto making plans for their futures.....some with college plans and others with plans for going into the military.....much like the young adults graduating today. I remember listening to the speeches my classmates gave and being overwhelmed with choices that I would soon need to make. Part of it was the intensity of emotions you go through on that day, knowing that a big part of the life I knew was ending, and a new chapter was suddenly in front of me. So as I listened to Amanda's classmates give their speeches, it was much easier to hear the timeless advice and thoughts about making the most of your future.
Some things never change from generation to generation as far as graduation ceremonies go. in my opinion that is a great thing, because there is something to be said for traditions and the pomp and circumstance of each ceremony. The advice given by respected leaders and classmates is relatively the same and the message always full of hope. No matter how much the world changes....the advice given works. The problem I see is this....how many high school seniors that graduate really know what they want to do with their lives or what their passions are? The first year after graduation is a pivotal year and the path you choose during that year can set you on a path that launches you forward or keeps you from your full potential.
So, as Amanda moves on into the next few months, it will be fun to watch her find her own path and blossom into the adult she will become. For all of the new graduates out there.....CONGRATULATIONS!!! The next chapter in your life is full of choices and decisions that will make you the people you will become. Enjoy it!! Savor every moment.....find what you're passionate about, and go from there. YOU CAN DO IT!!!