“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic cords of memory will swell when again touched as surely as they will be by the better angels of our nature.”
Some may know who said this quote. Others may know what it means. But from this point forth, your own decisions will guide the remainder of your academic career. For that matter, it is your choices that shall lead the rest of your life.
High school is finished. We did it. We did it together. I wish I had words of wisdom to bestow upon each of you, but the only real truth I have learned is, the only thing that will save you in this world is knowing who you are. That is the single thing that the world cannot take away from us. Our individuality.
The “real world” is something many of us have been in for a long time. But now that the safety net of high school is gone, we are no longer shrouded from its beauty and complications. Everything is now up to us. If we want to change the world, if we want to give every dime earned to the poor, or if we want to make as much money as possible to live in an oversized home, these are all things that we can now decide. If we want to have a family, if we want to get married, or move out of state, we no longer have anyone else to make our decisions for us and hold our hands as we walk through this world. This may be the first time, for some of us, that we are alone.
Now I say – go out into the world. Make it a better place. Make it know who you are!