December 2nd

Today, I write a speech to tell the students currently attending the high school I graduated from. While I haven’t lived much more of my life than they have, the knowledge I have gained over the last five years may be helpful to someone. So, without further ado…

“The greatest years of your life” is what they say.

Don’t get me wrong, you will experience things you never could have imagined. You will have some of the most fun you’ve had in your entire life with people you only met for the first time days before. There will be 3 a.m. trips to waffle house and there will be forts built in the middle of your freshman dorm so 20 people can watch a movie together.

But there will also be tremendous lows.

Classes will be far more difficult than any you’ve taken before. Money will probably be tight at times. You will make decisions that you regret. Friends that you’ve had for a long time will drift away.

Evolving into an adult is not a simple or easy process, it really isn’t. You will try to figure out who you want to be and you will change you mind many times along the way, there is no doubt about it.

The problem of the saying, “these are the best years of your lives” is really a terrible saying. It mean’s that being 20 years old is the peak of life and for the next 60 years, it all goes downhill.

You will have great times and you will have bad times. However it is not the end of the road.

It’s a new beginning.

There will be new people, new places and new obstacles. Some people, places and obstacles will bring bad experiences, some will bring experience better than you could have ever imagine.

It’s called life, go out and live it.

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