This is the month that many teens and young adults move into another phase of growth. My second-born granddaughter, Clare, graduates from high school. The son of my operations manager completes his PhD and will start into the hard world of—gasp—WORK! Indeed, there are times when school seems almost the safe place. And the daughter of one of my high school friends leaves junior high and will be moving into high school.
I decided to make a collection of quotes that I think are pertinent for ALL of us. Let’s face it, every day can be a graduation—a movement of some degree—into the next part of life.
"The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values. " – William S. Burroughs
"God will not look you over for medals degrees or diplomas, but for scars." – Elbert Hubbard
"Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle." - Robert Anthony
"All real education is the architecture of the soul." - William Bennett
"You don't need to change yourself. Ever. You need to come home to yourself. And that changes everything." - Scherer
"Life is an improvisation. You have no idea what's going to happen next and you are mostly just making things up as you go along." - Stephen Colbert
"This is your time and it feels normal to you but really there is no normal. There's only change, and resistance to it and then more change." - Meryl Streep
"Life has a very simple plot: first you're here and then you're not. " - Eric Idle
And my current favorite quote has nothing to do with graduation but everything to do with life:
The new skinny is STRONG!
Congratulations to ALL graduates.