A Letter to the Class of 2029

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Dear Graduates of 2029,

You are about to embark on the biggest journey of your life.  It is a momentous milestone that I'm sure is causing mothers to cry rivers of tears across the board.  In a just a few short months you will be entering the first phase of the rest of your life -- Kindergarten.  Over the next thirteen years you will be molded and shaped into the person who you will represent for the rest of your life.  I know.  It's kind of a big deal.  So I wanted to share with you a few wise words that I hope you will one day look back upon and appreciate.

1.  Don't Regret
You will make mistakes but that's okay, it's part of living.  Sometimes you will fall and life may even push you down.  But don't dwell on it and certainly don't give up.  Take that teachable moment and run with it - don't let regret hold you back.

2.  Take Chances
Sometimes your fears will get in the way, but you will never know if you don't try! Be confident and willing to try new experiences.  Meet new friends, taste new foods and try out different sports.  Step up to the plate with your head held high and with a positive attitude that is willing to try it out.

3.  Live in the Moment
I promise - it's okay to let your hair down, even if you think people are watching.  Look at what is happening and let bygones be bygones.  That's a saying for a good reason!  Wake up each morning with an open mind and trust your heart.  Live for today and make your memories lasting ones!

4. Be You
Don't be afraid to be you and only you.  Trust your gut and show it off.  Be proud of who you are and what you are becoming.  It's okay to be original and stand out in the crowd.  But most importantly, stay true to yourself!

The next thirteen years will be some of the best years of your life.  Don't get me wrong, sometimes they will seem hard and I'm not saying you won't cry or get frustrated, but you will only remember what you make of it.  So take it one day at a time and live it up while you can.  Now saddle up and enjoy the ride!

I think I can sum this up with a quote from only the best author, Dr. Seuss:
"You're off to great places!  Today is your day!  Your mountain is waiting.  So...get on your way!"

**This post is for you, Cohen Lee.  I am so proud of you and can't wait to watch you make your journey.**


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