“That diploma you hold in your hands today is really just your learner’s permit for the rest of the drive through life. Remember, you don’t have to be smarter than the next person, all you have to do is be willing to work harder than the next person.” — Jimmy Iovine
Area residents remembered the past and celebrated the future this month as they honored the Class of 2019 at high school graduation ceremonies around the county. It was a time of optimism and hope as school staff, families, friends and other community members gathered to watch the graduates mark the end of one phase of life and the beginning of another.
It seems as though we’re bombarded with more negative news than ever these days, so it’s refreshing to see the excitement and anticipation on the faces of these new graduates as they receive their diplomas and prepare to go out and make their marks on the world, in whatever form that may take. These graduates are our hope for the future.
To you graduates, we say this is not an ending, but a beginning. It’s an opportunity for you to chart your own course into the future, to call the shots and to know that, ultimately, you are in charge of your future. But that’s also what makes it a little bit scary.
We won’t lie to you and say it will be smooth sailing from here on out. Believe it or not, there will be times in your future when you will fail. But we prefer to think of these as opportunities for growth, so don’t let a fear of failure stop you from chasing after your dreams. Well-known author J.K. Rowling summed it up this way: “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default.”
And when you stumble, don’t let it bog you down. Film director Jerry Zucker once offered this advice: “Nobody else is paying as much attention to your failures as you are. To everyone else, it’s just a blip on the radar screen, so just move on.”
Graduates, you have put in a lot of hard work to get where you are today, and so we say congratulations, job well done. We are looking forward to hearing about all the places your journeys will take you.