There are times when misfortune, a slight by someone you respect, or the mess you put yourself into drives you to the desire to hide beneath the covers, pull the pillow over your head and wallow in the deep darkness of despair. If this is your approach to adversity, sleep. However, if resiliency and spunk lurk between your shoulder blades adopt one of these senior class mottos and get on with life.
8) Eastwood: Our lives are before us, our past is behind us, our memories are forever within us.
It’s fun to travel on the Nostalgia Highway, however, memories are not forever. They fade, overlaid by new memories. You will also find those who shared that special moment in time with you will remember it differently. Spend more time living the life before you than remembering the life you lived. Life becomes a blur as you age. Document the highlights with photos, videos or journals.
7) Northwood: Special times and special places, special friends together, the moments pass so quickly, but the memories last forever.
6) Lake: Life brings us tears, smiles and memories. The tears will dry, the smiles will fade, but the memories will last forever.
5) Waite: Greatness is not given to those who say “I want it.” Greatness is only given to those who will persevere through everything and stop at nothing.
In his book, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell contends The Beatles honed their musical talent in Hamburg, Germany performing more than 1,200 times, logging more than 10,000 hours of playing time. Gladwell contends Bill Gates, Microsoft’s billionaire founder, also amassed more than 10,000 hours of programming time from age 13 until the launch of Windows. The message is simple: Put in the 10,000 hours.
4) Oak Harbor: We don’t limit our challenges, but challenge our limits. (Anonymous)
Sometimes, you limit your achievements solely because of the opinion you have of yourself. Consider that opinion may not be valid. Others may see in you what you can’t see in yourself. Put 10 more pounds of weight on that bar and seek out someone who believes you can lift more.
3) Gibsonburg: To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan but also believe. (Anatole France)
The easy step is the dreaming, the other three are difficult, but equally necessary. It takes foresight to plan, courage to act and a healthy ego to believe in yourself. Get busy.
2) Woodmore: We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Andre Gide, French humanist who received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1947)
You let go of the pacifier, you crawled off your Momma’s lap, you pushed your Daddy’s hand away, you discarded the training wheels, you no longer have a temporary drivers permit, now shove off and don’t look back, at least for a while.
1) Genoa: Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past and the present are certain to miss the future.”(John F. Kennedy.)
Keep your eye on the moon. How else will you get there?