Hundreds of young people across our county will embark on a new journey in the next few days, saying goodbye to the familiar and, in many ways, welcoming the unknown.
Beginning today and continuing through Saturday, students at Midway, Lakewood, Hobbton, Union and Clinton will graduate, turning their tassels toward the future, opening as yet unopened doors and peeking into a tomorrow that stands ready for them.
Our prayer is that they enjoy these last moments of high school revelry, be safe as they begin to celebrate the end of 12 years of public education and get ready for the journey ahead, one that will be exhilarating and filled with a roller-coaster ride of ups and downs, mistakes and successes and uncharted waters waiting for their vessels to set sail upon.
We’ve offered advice to graduates year after year, encouraging each one to cherish the memories they’ve made and to be true to themselves as they accept the challenges they will now face as young adults, challenges to their humility, to their faith, to their loyalty and to the principles they’ve been taught since children.
This year we add to the list, these things to consider:
• Don’t look for the easy road; search for the less traveled one, understanding that no one became great by taking the easy way out of anything. Woody Hayes said it best : “You’ll find out that nothing that comes easy is worth a dime. Never.”
• And stay humble. We want each of our graduates to be extremely successful and to bring their knowledge and talents back home to Sampson County so that our community can benefit from the you you have become, but always remember what Tim Minchin said, no matter how successful or how powerful … “Respect people with less power than you. It doesn’t matter if you’re the most powerful cat in the room, you will be judged you on how you treat the least powerful.”
And be kind. It takes no money and little time, but it is one of the greatest gifts you can give to someone else, and it is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.
Congratulations graduates on the remarkable journey you end this week and good luck and Godspeed on the one you will embark upon now.