Today’s blog challenge from WordPress:
You’ve been asked to speak at your high school alma mater — about the path of life. (Whoa.) Draft the speech.
I was not given a chance to render my valedictory address in high school. However, there is one simple truth that I have learned since leaving my Alma Mater 18 years ago, that is Responsibility. This is our ability to respond or give back. It’s in your hands. Use them.
This is not a fun word to impart to a graduating generation eager and ready to embark on young adulthood. College is different, fun and also scary. From hereon, you will be set free to enjoy independence, to spread your wings and soar in the horizon.
However, remember that we all have responsibilities:
- To your community. We bring with us the name of our hometown. People will know about the place you call home, its people, culture, traditions and values. Remember that it is your responsibility to provide a good name of your home to the world. Afterwards, you have the responsibility to give back to your community in many ways you can.
- To your family. Each person in your family circle (close friends included) are rooting for your success. Embrace them as they bid you goodbye in your new journey. Make them proud. Then, keep in touch, so they could continue to be proud of you along the way.
- To your future family of your own. Your decisions from hereon will have significant impact in your future family. Make choices wisely, grip that faith tightly, cherish your values. These are your foundations as you establish your household.
- To yourself. It is not going to be easy. Many bumps along the road. Don’t lose sight. Run the race. When you fall, get up and walk steadily until you can run fast again. Remember that only you can make the tough decisions, but with your faith and values you can do anything.
- To the next generation. You will be leaving a legacy for the future generation to see. The decisions you will make now will design the world of tomorrow to which was loaned to us.
I try to live what I consider a “poetic existence.” That means I take responsibility for the air I breathe and the space I take up. I try to be immediate, to be totally present for all my work. – Maya Angelou