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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Fun and Games with Jenners 6: My Commencement Speech



Seeing as I've been credited with inspiring this game over at Life with Little One and More, I figured Jenners would hunt me down like good chocolate if I didn't play along.

That being said it sounded like a hoot.

When I learned that I was going to have an opportunity to speak tonight, I thought long and hard about what advice I would give all of you. Then I remembered what Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you'll be criticized anyway."

Some people will judge you and find fault in the decisions you make following high school, they will find fault in what school you choose or don't choose, they may find fault in what major you choose. But it is important to heed Roosevelt's advice and do what you feel in your heart to be right.

Do not make life changing decisions based on what college your boyfriend is attending. Do not pick your career path solely on how much money you think you will make. And most importantly, do not let the criticism of others be the loudest voice in your head.

This is likely the last time all of you will gather in the same room in the same place in your lives. And while the memories of high school will remain, you will all go on now and forge separate memories without each other, creating your life.

As Dr. Seuss once said, "Sometimes the questions are complicated, and the answers are simple."

Remember to be you in all that you do.

My second alternative would, of course, be this.






4 random thoughts:

septembermom said...

Wonderful job! Great quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt and Dr. Seuss. Following your heart is the best advice! I can apply this to me right here and now. You're so right not to let the criticism be the loudest voice in my head. Hey, I wish you were valedictorian back for my graduating class :)

Jenners said...

You are so right ... I would hunt you down like chocolate if you didn't play along!

I love your speech! Great quotes, great thoughts. It sounds so official and real. Are you sure you didn't give a commencement speech in your life at some point?

Thanks for playing!!! Now that you've set the bar so high, I'm going to have to bring my A game!

Dan said...

Good speech. But I already have my reservation down by the river. But I don't aspire to the heights of vandom - around here it is living in a cardboard box down by the river. I already have my eyes on a nice refrigerator box behind Home Depot.

ladyfi said...

Great thoughts. I love that last line: Just be you in all you do!

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