I love working at a Kindergarten - Grade 12 school. I have the opportunity to watch students begin their educational journey and then be a part of the graduation exercises when they embark on a new and exciting journey. A journey into the big unknown in which some will know exactly what to do and some will need a little bit of time. I was walking down the hall the other day and had to stop and take this picture. This is what graduation is all about, dreaming big and having the confidence to be able to take that next step, whether it be post-secondary education, working, travelling, or taking a gap year until you can figure it out. As I have mentioned before, all of these options are OK.
Recently I came across a very well known children's book, written by Dr. Seuss called, "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" Some parents buy this book for their graduating children to remind them it is all about choices, some will be good and some will be not so good. Choices may take you down a very successful path or down paths that may be confusing, difficult, and unsuccessful. You need to remember that life if going to be filled with excitement and disappointments. It is how you handle these situations, good or bad, unpleasant or exhilarating, that will teach you the life long lessons that will you will be facing. And remember, you will succeed. Why? Because you just completed 12 years of getting ready for the next journey that you are about to embark on. So seize the moment and don't look back!