Graduation Speech: It's All About Time

Graduation Speech: It's All About Time

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A long time ago in what seems like another lifetime, we were once little children watching the blinking TV while we sat eating Mac and Cheese without a care in the world. So much time has passed since then, how quickly time flies. Now, instead of walking to the bus for our first day of kindergarten, we are walking across this stage for our diplomas - I think everyone will agree that it's all about time.

We all need to "Make time, save time, spend time." Time can move pretty quickly as you look back on your life, or pretty slowly depending on which class you are in third period as you watch those bright red numbers change so slowly it seems as if the whole world has stopped turning. I believe that this adage of making time, saving time and spending time is important to us now as we venture forth on this crazy adventure called "life after high school."


It can be extremely difficult to make time for everything you want or need to do. I think Bill Waterson, the creator of "Calvin and Hobbes," said it best: "There's never enough time to do all the nothing we want." He must have been very familiar with teenagers, and it's true; we need to be organized, we need to set priorities and goals. Now for those of you who have done that and know exactly what you want to do with your life, that's awesome but that doesn't mean that you can stop setting goals to be a better person. Because, as we all know, we must be life-long learners and must continue to set goals, and when we achieve them we must evaluate them and then set new goals. You won't be able to do everything you'll want to do so, don't waste any time doing nothing.


However, for those of you like me who have no idea what you want to do and are being dragged, kicking and screaming into the real world, nothing sounds pretty good. Instead we need to start small like in the movie "What about Bob?" We need to take baby steps out of the office, then baby steps down the hall and baby steps all the way outside until eventually we will reach our home. But, deciding to live each day to the fullest and grasping every opportunity with both hands is a good way to start.

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Time only moves forward and there is no way to gain back the time that we lose. No decision is still a decision, so make your decisions count.


"Time in its aging course teaches all things." We all make mistakes, so don't be afraid to fall down as long as you get back up and dust yourself off with a smile; you will only become a better human being. Spend your time doing something; you can always change your mind later. This is the part where I say "carpe diem, seize the day," "live your life to the fullest" and "the time is now," so now that you have heard those sayings, your diplomas have been activated and you can finally graduate high school. It is true though; we have lived in times of great peril and have only learned how fragile life is. Through these tragedies we grow stronger, but we also realize how short life can be. we need to make our time here on earth count.


Don't forget to save your time and to cherish every moment, count not the months but the moments. I can sum up this whole concept with one word: remember.


Remember who you are right now, remember who you want to become, remember your friends and your family, remember where you came from, remember the good times and the bad times and that without both you cannot not grow into the person you want to be. Remember that you are special and you can do anything you want to do. Remember that you did your senior project and passed and graduated from Camden High School as the class of 2003 - perhaps the last class ever to hold the ceremony here on campus. As Honey Greer said, "A diploma is a remembrance of things past." Remember what it took to receive this diploma because those memories are locked up in that thin piece of cardstock.


Can I tell you a secret? "You must always remember that the secret to life is enjoying the passage of time," and running the risk of sounding cliché I must add, because the only thing constant in life is change.


We need to keep our life bank accounts full by first making time, then saving it and then spending it. However, we need to continually renew our bank accounts in an unrelenting cycle of learning and growing. Remember, there are only five-hundred-twenty-five-thousand-six-hundred minutes in a year so use each minute and enjoy it. As you live your life with a continuous revitalization you will find, as a noted philosopher once said, Happiness with a big "H."


As I sat eating breakfast one day I found this quote, "Although your day contains a thousand rhythms, a single steady beat persists. Each moment marked by an unerring hand. Endless transition, framed in timeless beauty." Isn't that wonderful? I got it off a clock box. May all our lives echo that beautiful picture. We are traveling in "endless transition" but let us remain strong in our beliefs through faith in ourselves, in each other, in our country and in our school. Congratulations, graduates of 2012, it's about time.


Thank you
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