want to add to the flood of good wishes and good advice our graduates
are getting now.
If your plan is to hit the ground running, preparing for college
and earning extra cash with a summer job, good for you. If you opt
for a more mellow transition with hopes of spending the summer with
friends and family, great. You deserve it. High school graduation,
while perhaps not the milestone it once was -- everyone is so focused
on what's next -- remains a significant accomplishment.
Whatever path you choose, whatever the goal, remember to
appreciate it. It's pretty easy to let the bright or harrowing future
encompass you, to allow it to become more overwhelming than it really
is. If you made it through a trigonometry class right after lunch,
when your eyelids got so heavy, well, you can make it through just
And while you're making it through, don't forget to recognize
happiness when it's in front of you -- and beauty and love. You won't
want to miss them when they appear.
Most of you have the options and the energy to create your path.
Use that energy, appreciate it and enjoy your life.
Of course, a youthful outlook won't hurt the parents of graduates
either. Talk about a scary time. The baby is likely about to leave
the nest ... shudder to think.
You've done your best to prepare them and now they're off. But
instead of curling up in a ball, overwhelmed with thoughts of all the
bad elements out there, be proud of them, be happy for them and dream
of what you can do with the extra space ... or, er, dream of all they
are about to accomplish and enjoy.