You’ve studied, done your homework, worked out, ate right, disciplined your mind and now you are waiting. Waiting for inspiration. Waiting for that string of words that will provide the spark for you to leave the comfort and security of where you are and go boldly where you need to be.
Here, once again, are the mottos for this year’s high school graduates. May one of them light your fire.
Lake: How do you want to be remembered?
Remembered by whom? Google? The history books? Your children?
Answering this question will dictate how you live your life.
Oak Harbor: The hardest years, the wildest years, the desperate and dividing years, these shall not be forgotten years.
This is a paraphrase of a song by Midnight Oil. You are in for a surprise if you think your high school years are the hardest, most desperate and dividing years you will live through. Strap yourself in for an exhilarating and bumpy ride. Hopefully, you’ll have a little time to glance in the rear view mirror and remember with fondness your wildest years, which if you attend college, will not be your high school years.
Woodmore: We have come a long way, but not as far as we will go.
Four years of high school is a long way, roughly 22 percent of your young life. Teachers can drone on; training never seems to end; discovery of self and others is a slow unfolding preoccupation, and you are learning to savor that first taste of a wider world. But, about that far road you think you’ll travel. Once you get there and look back you’ll come to the realization it was a short road. Don’t waste time.
Gibsonburg: We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Andre Gide, French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1947, urged us to leave what we know and venture into the unknown. Get excited. Who knows what you’ll discover.
Eastwood: The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.
LaoTzu, Chinese philosopher in 6th century BC, knew this truth: You can’t plan every mile of your life. Too many variables and you won’t control every step. Your spouse, your children and your employers will all have some say. Take the first step, gather knowledge, foster a support network, look around and take the next step.
Genoa: Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
Harriet Tubman, abolitionist and Union spy, knew the power of inner strength, passion and patience. Don’t let life sap you of these traits as you reach for the stars. Concentrate on changing your little corner of the world, like Rosa Parks did when she refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and maybe you’ll change the world.
Northwood: If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia, knows there’s a difference between a dreaded fear and a healthy fear. A healthy fear can fuel a dream bigger than what you believe your background and talent can achieve. Courage, young Jedi, courage.
Waite: You become what you believe.
Oprah Winfrey’s complete quote is “You don’t become what you want, you become what you believe.”
This is hard to believe, but it is true. You can become who you believe you are in your dreams. But, remember, that belief only emerges from yourself after you’ve developed the inner strength, skills, passion, discipline and patience to mold your present self into your future self. Get busy, there’s work to be done.