Graduation time is upon us. So many things, good and bad, can be said about this festive occasion. It is a time of rejoicing for the students and tears for the parents. Students are trying to fly the nest while some parents are trying to keep their children from flying. As a teacher, I see this from both sides. I remember what it was like to be that 18-year-old wanting to fly away. However, I am older now and see the error of my youthful ways. Here’s an approaching middle-aged teacher’s advice to a rambunctious generation!
1. Realize the world doesn’t revolve around you. I know this may come as a shock to some but the world was spinning before you and will continue after you. This may be the harshest piece of advice but it is true. You many be the center of someone’s universe and you are important, but so is everyone else, so get over yourself.
2. Laugh every single day. It has been said that laughter is good for the soul. It is also good for the heart. Life is funny, goofy, and silly. There is laughter in most situations. When you look for it, you’ll see the lighter side of life and how great it actually is.
3. See yourselves as I see you. You are bright, beautiful people who have so much to offer the world. Your life is just beginning! There will be mistakes, victories, tears, smiles, heartache, and love! You’ve got to take the good and the bad, no matter how or when it comes to you. Life isn’t always fair but it’s good!
4. No one cares if you get offended. Seriously, no one!
5. Make your bed every morning. Start the day off correctly with some organization. Besides that, it just looks better.
6. Be patient with your parents. This is a tough time for them as well. They have to let go of their most precious possession–YOU! Remember, your time will come for you to let go of your child.
7. Take the 8:00 a.m. college class. It may not be fun but do it anyway. You’ll be surprised what you’ll learn.
8. Talk with elderly people. Not only are they hilarious, they have valuable life lessons from which we all can learn.
9. If you live your life with your head in the sand, don’t be surprised if you get kicked in the tail. Life is full of situations that may or may not be the most pleasing but by choosing to be naive only makes matters worse. See a situation for what it is and deal with it appropriately.
10. You’re not perfect yet you’ve received grace. Pass it on!
Enjoy the life that has been given to you. If you don’t like the circumstances you are in, do something about it and change them!