Well this is a new one. I was asked by a former colleague to write a bit of a commencement speech with advice for her graduating high school daughter. Apparently there are some people who look at my life and think that I might have some wisdom to share. I’m glad they see it. Sometimes I’m not so sure myself.
“High school seniors, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen….
First of all, if anyone told you your high school years are going to be the best years of your life… and when you look back, they were ok, but sheesh… really? It’s all down hill from here??!! Don’t believe a word of it. Life continues to get better after high school.
Now is the time of your life where you spend the next 10 years figuring things out. All kinds of things. Who you are. What you like. What you want to be… But more importantly, you must find out who you’re not, what you don’t like and what you don’t want to be.
And in order to do that you’re going to have to try a lot of things. Some of them will turn out to be huge disasters. That’s ok. Fail like it’s your job. But keep trying. Check things off your list along the way.
And after all that you will know who you are and what you will and will not do and what you want to do with the rest of your life.
Just get out there and try things. Be imaginative. Don’t let people tell you you’re not good enough or the wrong size or whatever. Prove them wrong… or prove them right and move on. Just do it with style and your head held high.
Now get out there and do some incredibly stupid things!”
(They all throw their caps in the air)
They will never let me speak at commencement!
And yes… that is me from my junior year high school yearbook. I’m really really glad I don’t have to deal with my hair anymore.