Graduation is not just a season of celebration, but also a time to reflect and evaluate how to further succeed in new chapter of life. I wanted to share the speech I gave at my baccalaureate since it was already typed out and had an each and every peace concept. This way it can be a reminder for me as I begin a new chapter and maybe even help you too.
We are all merely moving shadows,
and our busy rushing ends in nothing.
We heap up wealth,
not knowing who will spend it.
This verse has not failed in reminding me the extent, importance and impact of our time here on earth. Psalm 39’s later passages put emphasis on placing our hope in the Lord since our time here on earth is short and out of our control. I also like to interpret this verse as being a reminder for more than just the importance of thinking about our life after death. With graduating, we are expected to have a perfect plan for success that will carry us into a place of contentment, with hopes of being more than just financially stable. We’ve been asked all year long what our plans are for next year and what careers we will begin pursuing. We all have dreams, goals and plans that we respond with, ensuring the other person knows that we are excited for our future and believe it is the best fit. We will strive for these goals by going to college and taking out loans, spending money for training programs or going straight into the workforce, all in the hopes of someday being successful, which we often measure monetarily. While we may strive for these with a never ceasing force for perhaps the rest of our lives, our jobs and careers will never define who we are. American poet and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou once said “At the end of the day, people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” How we make others feel is truly what determines who we are. Even the deepest, most time intensive passions that we may pursue will never truly overshadow those lasting memories in a person’s mind of how you made them feel whether we are successful at them or not. So what would happen if we all began to focus on making others feel loved, accepted, acknowledged, and appreciated? I can guarantee that your mark on this earth would be far more memorable than any amount of money to your name ever could be.