To My Favorite 2020 College Graduate

Happy (complicated) Graduation Day.

Although you are graduating at a very difficult time in society and the economy, you are also graduating on a day where everyone you love is still safe and healthy. That is what is most important.

May you know how deeply you are loved and understand how many sacrifices were made to ensure you had the opportunities to attend a great school and earn a good education. Education is the key to a career and to opportunity. It’s up to you to put the key in the lock and open the door to your future.

May your perspective on life be shaped by gratitude for this, and all the other stars that aligned for you to graduate from college today. 

May you give away more than you take or earn starting with love, followed by time and money.

May you know that there are times to ask for advice and there are times to ignore advice and learn to trust your instincts. You ignore them at your peril.

May you also remember to put your faith in something bigger than yourself. We are all connected and there is a force much bigger than us that you must trust in–whatever you choose to call it. 

May you always take the road less traveled, choose the harder thing to do. It will make you stronger, more resilient and that is your continuing education that comes free. You can always go back and take the easier road, but it very difficult to go from easy to hard.

May you know what we know about you. You are a good, kind, and loving person. You have worked hard and it was worth it. Now it’s time to get creative about how you move forward. Creativity is something to draw on for the rest of your life. Creative solutions will carry you farther than giving up when things get hard. On the road you chose.

May you know that children don’t come with a handbook on how to operate and that your parents did the best they could. It wasn’t perfect, may you take the good and learn from the bad.

And may this timeless prayer guide you for the rest of your days.

God, grant you the serenity to accept the things you cannot change, the courage to change the things you can, and the wisdom to know the difference.