A message for all Lincoln County graduating high school seniors from Schools Superintendent Steve Boynton
Dear Graduates of 2015:
There is no certainty in life. Change is inevitable. Embrace it.
As you walk across the stage and receive your diploma, one part of your life comes to an end and another begins, one that holds great uncertainty and great opportunity. While it is both terrifying and exciting, know that you are prepared with the basic tools and skills to be the master of your own fate. You have learned much over the span of your thirteen years in school. You learned to read and write, do math and a host of other academic skills. You have also learned to tie your shoes, get along with others, share, build relationships and solve complex social problems like what to wear to prom. All of these things changed you in some way. Some had profound impacts on you and some may have been trivial, but they have all shaped you into the young men and women you are today. Of everything you have gained over your time in school, I hope you take away one thing above all others: the ability to learn.
We cannot even begin to predict what the world holds in store for us over the next few decades. We can be fairly certain it will not look the same as it does today. The average person will change careers eight times over their lives. Not jobs, but entire career areas. While there will certainly be skill overlap, the successful people in this ever-changing world will be flexible and adaptable. Jobs of today may not be here tomorrow, but new opportunities will be available for people who know how to learn new things. Those people who do not embrace learning opportunities will always be at the mercy of others. No one will hand you greatness, success, or happiness. You must work hard and make them for yourself.
You leave the confines of your school with the world before you. You will decide what to make of it and yourself. There will be many challenges ahead of you and how you respond to them will determine the person you are to be. Use what you have learned as a foundation to propel yourself forward into the adventure of life to come, knowing you can become the person you want to be and accomplish the things you set your mind to do.
I do not usually dole out advice because we all must forge our own path, but here are a few things I have learned to be universally good ideas:
* Turn off the TV. Put down the phone. Be adventurous and spontaneous. Dance, even if no one else can hear the music.
* Be the writer of your story. Be the singer of your songs. Be the artist of your life portrait.
* Be true to yourself. Love with intensity. Cherish every opportunity to be something better.
* Oh yeah, and wear sunscreen…