Class of now, life is unpredictable. At any moment in your life you are asked, and expected, to make choices that can have an impact on the remaining decades of your existence. You will make the wrong choice.
Life is all about making the wrong choice, about making mistakes, but what defines you is not the errors that you make but the way you deal with them.
Rudyard Kipling was right when he said “If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same…you’ll be a man my son”. You will have the chance to blame others for your failings but you need to own them.
Own them because then you have some control over your life, because most of the time you will not. You will vote for the party that comes in second and will disagree with the winner’s policies, you will find someone exerts power over you at work, you will not be able to force another to love you.
All you can do is own your own life. If you work hard and don’t reap the rewards do not live an angry and bitter life. You did what you could. Also do not think that you have achieved success from your own inaction, as quickly as you rise you will fall.
You may life a life full of love, or a life full of loneliness, full of joy or sorrow, full of wonder or boredom. Just live a full life. Nobody on their death bed wishes for a life of less.
Most of all do not worry about now.
The world today is vastly different to that of your parents, and grandparents. The world of tomorrow will be as strange to you as some of the things you take for granted are to them. A day will arrive when you look at people younger than you and you will roll your eyes and think about your day.
I’m doing that today, and I’m wrong. I’m wrong because nobody ever has their day, we all have our day each and every day. Today belongs to everyone because we need to not live in the past, it happened and we should learn from it for the future. Don’t be tempted to live in the future either, it will not be what you expect, just plan for it instead.
It may seem like tomorrow, next week, next year is a long way away. You are young and biologically designed to not worry about it. So don’t, but don’t ignore it either.
But don’t choose what tomorrow will be today either, imagine all the possibilities and live as though each one is possible. Don’t let others tell you that dreaming is wrong, sleeping through life is wrong, for it is those with the wit an imagination to believe in a better path that we rely on to make this world a better place.
It is your choice, a choice you don’t have to choose. It is your choice though, own it.
You’ve been asked to speak at your high school alma mater — about the path of life. (Whoa.) Draft the speech.
Source: Alma Mater