Many of you are in the 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grade. It seems you will be young for a long time. But, time is a funny thing. What might seem long, is not as long as you might think.
Our concept of time is based off our knowledge of other years. What do I mean by that? We can only judge time by looking back. We can’t judge time by looking forward. The past to the present is our concept of time. We don’t know what the future has in store for us. But, we can better prepare for the future right now.
The whole universe is a classroom, not just the four corners of the class. We learn from many sources, if we are wise enough to want to do that. We can learn through people, places, situations, nature, many places.
If we get caught up in just book learning, we put ourselves in a bad fix. Book learning does not always fit in with reality. Reality is always changing, every minute, every second.
Things are constantly changing in the universe, and in our lives. And the better we are able to get a grip on change, be flexible, and have all kinds of knowledge stored in our heads, the better.
Many of you only have 1-4 years, and you will be out on your own. Then what? What are you going to do with your life? Will you be able to grapple with the problems you will face without your parents? Life is no joke. Life is real.
School is not the real world. The real world is the real world. School is almost an illusion, a mirage, a facsimile of real life. Do not be fooled by this school life. If you do, you do disservice to yourself.
The school years are only to give you tools for the real world. Don’t get it twisted. The real world is tough. Mama and Daddy is not always going to be there holding your hand, spoon feeding you, looking out for you, having your back. You are going to have to walk the real world road alone. Will you be prepared?
Every opportunity you have while in school to learn as much as you can, jump on it. Ask good questions, care about your future, and do not get caught up in being popular, and making yourself go against what you know is not right for you.
Be a leader, not a follower. Being a follower does not require a lot of brainpower. All it requires is just following orders, letting other people use you, while you make all the sacrifices, do all the hard work—and some leader or mind manipulator benefits from your hard work. If you are going to do all that hard work to get in the so-called popular crowd, you might as well do it for yourself, to be better prepared for the future. Never let anyone make a fool out of you, and do not make a fool out of yourself.
Look deep within yourselves. Ask yourselves what do you really love. Find answers. Let what you love doing be the thing you strive to master. Once you know what you really love, what drives you, learn everything you can about it. That is the thing you should want as your life job. If you love it, how can it really be a job?. It is something you can do with passion. Nobody can work you hard when you really love something. Many grown people go to work doing jobs they hate. Do you want to be like that?
Your parents are not always going to be taking care of you. 4 years, 3 years or 2 years is not long to graduation. It is just a flicker of time. The days might seem long, you are having a lot of fun in school, the seasons come and go, life is fine and happy. But, time shall pass, and you are going to be walking across that graduation stage—at least I hope you are.
Life is transitory. Life is constant movement. The friends you have now, will not be in your life like they are now. You are going to make other friends after high school. In the quest to make a living, you are going to have to do other things in your life. Some of you will be going to the Military. Some of you will move to other cities for jobs. There will be many things you do after high school. You are going to have to walk the grown road without many of the friends you have right now.
Time is just an illusion, and it is real at the same time. Will you be the master of your time? That is the question. Only you know that.
Your parents are not going to take care you all their lives. They got their own lives to live. 17/18/19 years old (Graduation Day). That is the year of freedom that sticks out in many parent’s minds. They can not wait until that year comes, so some of their financial obligation will be lessened. You all might not be aware of it. They are not going to outright tell you that….many will. They feed you, clothe you, shelter you. It takes money. It takes hard work. It takes sacrifices to do those things for you. How many of you really care or appreciate the hard work your parents do for you? Many will say, “that is a parent’s obligation.” You are right. It is their obligation. But, who ever said they have to do it the rest of their lives because you did not prepare for your future right now?
Graduation day is Graduation in many ways for you and your parents.
How many people know what the word Commencement means? Many people think those words means the end of a journey, end of hard work, relax time, kick off your shoes, get you a cool drink of lemonade, chill out time. Commence only means “Start.” Not the end of the road of hard work. Commencement/Graduation means, here is another point of going into a new place, time, situations in life.
Life ain’t no joke. Even though there are comedians and funny situations in life. There are good times in life. But, don’t get it twisted—it ain’t all good. Start building your foundation right now.
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