Graduation. - Live for God, Thrive in Nature, Smile with Love.
The big topic that seems to be going on right now is the fact it's graduation time. Whether your in elementary school or graduating from high school, it's always a big deal. It means that you're moving one big step forward in your life, and that there are big changes ahead, whether you like it or not. It's scary and confusing along with large amounts of frustration thrown in. At least if your graduating from elementary school or middle school, there's a large chance that you'll still be going to the same school as your old friends. Even if you don't, sports will usually reunite you and maybe even bumping into someone at the store. High school, on the other hand, high school is much different.

High school seems to be the last part of your life where you get to really have fun before you need to grow up. Actually, it's where you actually grow up. High school is where you learn that being cool doesn't always mean you have to be on the football team and that you can shove freshman into garbage cans. I find it pretty sad that people still do that and I'm glad I avoided such garbage dunking on my first year. The growing up process seems to go like this...

Freshman year: You're new to high school. You are somewhat timid but incredibly excited to be apart of the "big league". You know a few people, but that's because they went to middle school with you. However, by the time half of the year goes by, your ego gets incredibly large and you feel as if you are on top of the world. Nothing can stop you (even thought your small in size). Your rather annoying to the upper class students because of your extreme amounts of hyperness and the fact that you are all over the place. You don't feel like listening to anyone that tries to tell you that you need to grow up because you still feel as if your a kid. I mean, you just got out of middle school right? So what's the rush?

Sophomore year: You've gotten a taste of what high school is like and you're glad you aren't a freshman anymore. You're a little calmer, but still a nuisance to everyone around you. Your mind starts developing more around the high school you are in and you begin to get comfortable with your surroundings. You start making more friends and maybe even sign up for a couple of clubs. The world is you're oyster. A couple problems and some drama starts developing, but you brush it off rather quickly and move on. High school stress hasn't hit yet, and you're just smelling the flowers as you walk along.

Junior year: You are now in the upper class society. You feel as if nothing has changed over the past few years and feel as if that this year isn't going to be any different. However, it will. About halfway through the year, you start worrying about the fact that you only have one year of high school left. You start wondering what college you're going to go to and debate on what you're going to major in. You become a little smarter in your decision making skills and seem to understand more of what's going on around you. The freshman and sophomore's don't seem to interest you very much since you have a lot more on your mind and are trying to concentrate more on your school work. You can't wait for the year to end so you can begin your stress-free summer.

Senior year: You are now in 12th grade and in your last year before college. You begin applying to different universities and scholarships, hoping that you will soon land a break. You look down on the lower class students and feel rather sorry for them. You realize that they are wasting their time fooling around and not paying attention to their school work. You try to reason with them and give them an idea of the hardships ahead of they don't begin to get serious, but it seems to go in through one ear and come out of the other. You now see things more clearly and have much more respect for the adults around you, since you are soon going to become one. You are calm and much more intact with everything you are doing. Then you begin realizing that this is your last year of high school, and wondering where the time has gone. There are some moments you wish you could back and change, then there are others that just bring a smile to your face. You take more pictures, and laugh every chance you can. Graduation arrives, and you get that feeling you never thought you would have. Some of you might have even cried, some might have laughed, but that feeling was always there and it was saying, "It's all over..."

Maybe your high school experience happened that way, or maybe it was totally different. Maybe you skipped high school and decided to go explore the world. Maybe you had a bad high school experience in which case, I hope life will or has brought you much happiness and laughter. However, to those of you whom are graduating this year, I want to give my sincerest gratitude. We made it this far and in these past four years, we have grown up so much. I wish you all the best in your future careers and in your lives. To those of you whom already graduated, I hope you all succeeded in your life ling goals and are making your dreams come true as we speak. May God bless us all in everything we do and may He bless us in everything that we would like to achieve. Here's a quote to all of you who are graduating or will graduate soon: 

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine, as children do.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.  ~Marianne Williamson

Sleep wonderfully,

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