What I love most about seniors is this moment when their life of high school ends and their real life moments begin. It is exciting and scary, fun and frustrating, and we spend this last week together vacillating between strangling and hugging one another. But I wish all my seniors the best of the gifts this world has to offer. You all have so much to offer this world- don’t hold back!
Today you leave this life with many gifts,
a full mind that opens your eyes
to see the wonder of this world;
History, and Shakespeare, and Freud
to feel the power of moments and words;
Music and Art to experience the depths
of emotions you cannot speak or write.
You take moments with friends
who made you who you are
and hours with teachers
who made you more
than you thought you could be.
You take all of these, but leave behind
memories of what you have done,
what you have said,
and who you have been.
You go forth into a new life
to receive experiences
that stretch your mind and soul;
moments that deepen your senses;
hardships that feel like curses
but become gifts in their own right.
In this new world you enter
you also will give away
ideas that are fresh and new,
gifts that you create
with hands and hearts and minds.
And you will give feelings:
Let them be joy and not sadness,
love and not hate,
trust and not fear,
generosity and not selfishness.
Be the person you have always wanted to be.
Live the life you have always hoped to live.
Make your tomorrow the best gift