We’ve closed out graduation ceremonies for the 2012 school year.
It has been fun to celebrate all those who graduated whether it’s from Pre-K, 5th grade, 8th grade, High School, Basic Training, Technical Training, or College. The fact that they completed something is enough for heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS!
Now that we are done with congratulating and celebrating, we must remember that these completed phases of life are not the ‘end’ but rather the beginning of something new. Celebrating an accomplishment is fun but it means that we must set new goals and strive for even greater experiences.
So many kids think that high school graduation is the end of their educational experience. Not so, high school graduation is an expectation. It’s the least amount of school that you are required and expected to complete per society’s standards. My husband says that it’s due to high school graduations being so grand that kids feel that they are ‘done’. A little less celebrating and a little more planning of what’s next could change this mentality.
How many of us know high school graduates who are around doing absolutely nothing? They are not interested in going to college, don’t know what they want to do with their life, haven’t sought out intern opportunities, and they are certainly not looking for a job.
There are also the college students who are home for the summer doing this same nothing. They have a barely acceptable GPA, haven’t declared a major, too busy socializing to work, and spending their parents money on frivolous things.
Before you know it, they’ll be 28, still in your house, and asking ‘What’s for dinner Mom?’ And you will wonder ‘How did this happen?’
Take time this Independence Day to talk to the young people in your life, family, community about their Independence. They can’t sleep in their childhood bedroom forever…well, they shouldn’t at least. Help them understand that they can do more, be more, and accomplish more with planning and a little effort.
When you give a graduate a hug, hand shake, or pat on the back—remind them that high school graduation is a stepping stone to the great things lying ahead of them. Challenge them to move forward, keep learning, praying, and growing.
Each day is a new beginning; get out there and make the most of it!