When I graduated from high school, I knew I was going to college in a few months, and I knew the plan I had for my life, but I wasn't really sure who I was. I knew what I wanted to be, but without knowing who you are it makes it really hard to get from one point to another. I've had some time to think about what I'd say because this season has been full of graduates in my family, and I'm happy to have something worthwhile to tell them.
Now don't laugh, but this is my great advice....wait for it....wait for it....wait for it. "Remember who you are." Now I know I just said I didn't know who I was, but I think with that advice I'd have gotten myself together and done much better. However back to the new graduates. I know that all these young ladies and one gentleman come from great families where their parents talk to them, and are very open and there's phenomenal extended family support. They have great foundations and are much more grounded and realistic than I was. These are strong, confident, really intelligent, bright, beautiful young people, with families that love and support them. These are the things I need them to remember; that essentially they are not alone and they have the tools to accomplish whatever they want if they just remember that they are already properly equipped.
That being said, with such wonderful advice, they can't help but go far. Now I can't take credit for this sage advice. But it's still true nonetheless. Self-confidence is key to success no matter what stage in life you are in, and if you've got friends and family in your corner (which these kids have in spades), you'll go far.
I can't wait to see what wonderful feats these young people accomplish.
And just know that if you need anything you can always call me. I love you all always.