The Graduation Speech I wish I heard on My Graduation

by Pauline
“T his day introduces you to adulthood.  It’s the day that symbolises the end of your childhood which entails receiving school fees cheques. You have now become a grown up whom we can expect to reciprocate if not in cheques at least gifts and cash.

I pray for the love of everything good that you pursued what you love. That you are ready to conquer the world with your passion and now even more with the education you were offered. If not, I hope you then realise that the power you were given was to go figure that out.

Do not go seeking education after today to fill a gap in your home. To be the first masters holder or the one who holds more degrees. Do not go back to school before you can figure out what you are passionate about. I want to say do not be choosy when it comes to jobs but, apply that only when you know the end goal.

I want you to take a minute and remember the moment you asked God to help you get to university. Go down memory lane and remember thinking this was your biggest accomplishment. The naivety and maybe the obliviousness of what life had the potential to become.

That moment is important and will be instrumental a few years to come. There will be times you will feel bitter because things didn’t go your way. Days you will wonder why you even went to college. I don’t want to rain on your parade but on these days remember the little girl. Her excitement about leaving home to go study in University, be grateful.

That gratitude will take you far. You will need it to fuel you when the frustrations of job searching suck the hope out of you. You will need it when your business takes longer to pick up than you expected. Myleik Teele, a great entrepreneur once said that her dad advised her, to bottle her happiness and when she needed it to open up and get some. Bottle some today.

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We have expectations of you, society has some too. I will tell you right now that it doesn’t matter. Set your own rules, be respectful, and learn from everyone and from everything. You will have wins and losses but if you don’t take lessons from both they will have been for nothing.

Be on your own timeline. We are all on our own paths, be okay with that. You will see some of your peers making it in life earlier on than others. You could be one of them but if you are not do not play the comparison game. It will eat your intestines and ruin your best satin pillow cases.

Lastly, definitely not least, when you figure out what you are passionate about, pursue it.  Pursue it with shameless audacity. I dare say be obstinate.  Invest in it, take courses, the internet will be a great resource. Have a mentor; reach out to people doing great in it. It will make sense in the end. Keep going.

For now relish this moment.

 

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2 comments

Doreen December 15, 2018 - 9:56 am

You good at it Pawa…you really add new meaning to life every time.thank you.

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Pauline December 16, 2018 - 8:06 am

awww…thank you so much Doreen. Means a lot to hear that.

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