It is at the same time one of the most exciting times of life and one of the most frightening graduation.
The high school graduation season kicks off Friday with EHOVE's ceremony, and St. Paul and South Central will both honor their seniors Sunday. For many now ex-high school students, this summer will be filled with graduation parties, celebrations and many "last hurrahs" before they enter the "real world."
During this time every aunt, uncle, grandparent and family friend will offer these new adults advice, much like the classic scene from "The Graduate" when Dustin Hoffman is pulled in every direction "I want to say one word to you ... Plastics."
But, among the most consistent advice for recent graduates is don't be afraid to fail. Here are just a few examples of that wisdom:
"Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't." From the "sunscreen speech."
"You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
"Except when you don' t
Because, sometimes, you won't.
"I'm sorry to say so
but, sadly, it's true
can happen to you." Dr. Seuss, "Oh the Places You'll Go."
"Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final." Roger Babson.
We could go on. The point is, as clichd as it might sound, everyone will face failure sometime in their lives. But those who ultimately find success, however each individual defines the term, are those who try, unafraid to fall and ready to get back up.