Exactly last year on this day, May 21st, 2009 each one of us put on a cap, gown, and a gold tassel as we received our diploma. It was our high school graduation. It was the New Beginning.
While some earned the gold cord and many the teal cord, there were countless others that had no cord, including myself. This only further exemplifies Carl Sandburg High School's Legacy of Excellence in that we all graduated in the same place at the same time despite our individual differences. For in reality, we are all One; same eagles soaring high beyond the same skies.
I send this message in remembrance of the successful milestone we all reached exactly a year ago. We have graduated to the next chapter and I take this time to reflect on all that we once were and all that we are now. What have we done? In this past year since that day, what have we done?
Have we laughed more than cried?
Have we listened more than spoke?
Have we forgave instead of held grudges?
Have we lived at all? Have we loved?
A year has passed since that day of tremendous accomplishment. But the book of our lives has only begun. This new chapter is not yet over. As of now, we have reached the ending of only the beginning.
Wherever you are right now has the potential to be paradise. Whatever life path you choose to embark on will only add to your uniqueness and further contribute to your beauty. The answers come to only those who seek not outside themselves. Truth lies within you. Eternal Peace is within you; for it cannot be found anywhere else.
Forget not my words from exactly a year ago on this day:
If opportunity does not knock, build a door
If prayers are left unanswered, pray again
When you fall on your face, you are still moving forward
When you are attacked from behind, it means you were always ahead
Failure is impossible.
Happiness is pursuable.
Success is achievable.
And dreams can come true.
As I previously mentioned, we are all the same eagles soaring through the same sky but with different eyes, different dreams, and different goals. Regardless how different it may appear we all are, we are actually all the same; seeking the same joy and happiness from life, the same love and peace from each other, and the same wisdom and knowledge from within ourselves.
Being One with each and all, I ask to be granted the power to say these words:
Forget not where you all came from.
Leave not behind you the lessons you have learned.
Bring with you the person you should be proud of;
The person you have become
The obstacles can be overwhelming,
but fear need not be
Seek not outside yourselves
For your inner strength will set you free.
We shall not be so preoccupied with the ideal person we strive to be.
We shall not glamorize tomorrow because then it is today we are forgetting.
We shall not fall in love, we shall rise in it instead
We shall not be ungrateful, we shall acknowledge our daily bread
Let us be the light at the end of the tunnel
Let us be the hand that helps them out of the cave
Let us be the better future
Let us be all this today
Let us be the stars in the velvet sky
Let us be the eagles soaring high
We are the Miracle (:
Class of '09