Stepping out into the unknown


Change is always scary, but it is something that has to happen as we go through life.

As I covered two different graduations, I found myself listening closely to the valedictorian and salutatorian speeches, and although they were from two different schools, I found many similarities between them –– chasing your dreams, setting big goals and crushing them and being true to yourself.

Sure, chasing your dreams should be easy, but to achieve those dreams changes have to happen, whether it’s picking up and leaving the familiar to move to a new place that is unfamiliar or leaving behind people that only bring you down instead of lifting you up.

And as you leave high school, a lot of changes happen.

If you go off to college, it may be the first time you are by yourself ever, without your friends you grew up with or without your parents.

But no matter where you go, be true to yourself.

You may find that your interests change and the things you used to do with your friends may seem like a lifetime ago.

No one cares how cool you were in high school or that you were the captain on a sports team –– everyone gets a clean slate after high school to be whoever they want to be. So be who you want to be as long as you are true to yourself.

And as you set goals, you may not accomplish them right away, but don’t get discouraged. Continue to stay positive and work at what you want to accomplish, because in the end it might be everything you hoped it would be.

Personally, this is something that I struggle with every day and although I may not be accomplishing my goals that I set for myself years ago, I try to stay positive and not let the fear of failing let me down.

Luckily, I have people around me who encourage me to do my best every day and push me to do my best in whatever I do.

So, class of 2014, as you step out into the unknown, don’t be afraid to fail because failure is a part of life; set goals and never give up on them; surround yourself with people who lift you up, not bring you down; and do your best in whatever you do, because whatever you’re doing at that moment may help you in the long run.


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