Will Rogers once said, “Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.” At least the Internet says he did, so it must be true.
Graduation season is upon us, and there are more sappy sayings and cliché advice floating around online and in speeches than are typically found in the aisles of entire stores devoted to selling greeting cards.
Everyone thinks his or her words will make you better, stronger or more successful. We aren’t sure it works that way but, like everyone else, we’re going to say them anyway.
First, trust Will Rogers. Don’t just sit there. Dead ends, much like the path to hell, are paved with good intentions. You have to keep moving. Waiting gets you nowhere. The job market might be sketchy. You might have to eat light or work a few part-time jobs, but you really can do what you want to do with your life if you work for it and don’t let misadventures or mistakes convince you to quit. Failure only controls you as long as you let it. And it really does feel good to accomplish your goals. Good intentions are vital, but they’re only the first part of the process.
Second, enjoy life. Adulthood makes it easy to get trapped in an endless cycle: Go to work/school, go home, sleep, wake up, go to work/ school. Break that cycle. Yes, you need money and an education, and we just explained that working is important. But vacations, people you love, hobbies, those have a place, too. Those experiences will shape more than your résumé. And those memories will be with you through high and low checking account balances. You have more to offer the world than your job title, and it has a lot to offer you, too.
All that being said, we return to the fact that advice can be mostly useless. No matter what anyone says, you’ll have to find your own way. But you can. You will. And it’s quite likely you’ll end up better for the quirks along the way.
Congratulations, class of 2016. And good luck!
— The Kentucky Standard, Bardstown