The best is yet to come

It’s that time of year again. It’s graduation season.

Graduating high school seniors have spent four years working, struggling and balancing all for the moment they can proudly walk across stage in front of family and friends, a smile stretching across their faces as they collect a piece of paper recognizing their success.

These students deserve the congratulations and accolades that come with reaching such a milestone. Don’t neglect to shower them with praise and warm wishes!

But when all the graduation caps are tucked away in closets and open house celebrations subside, the question remains  — what comes next?

Some people say high school is the best four years of your life. Don’t listen to them, graduates.

Do not be content saying the best time in your life has come and gone. There are so many more years ahead of you! Fill them with new goals, accomplishments and
memories.

Go out into the world, ready to change it for the better. You all have unique talents and skills to contribute to society. Whether you want to be a plumber, a teacher or a doctor, you all matter and provide an important role.

Regardless of what others think about your career choice, push on and follow your passion. While others can have an opinion about the path you choose, you are the one who will have to do the job day in and day out. Do something that makes you happy.

As you leave high school behind you, look ahead confidently. Be bold. Be brave. Take risks and learn from your trials as well as triumphs.

Hopefully you have fond memories of the years spent learning and growing into an adult, and although one chapter is coming to a close, another is just beginning.

High school may hold special memories, and in fact, some of the best times of your life. But the best times in your life are not over. The best times of your life are happening each and every day. Relish the moments.

Congratulations, graduates. Now go do something remarkable.

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