As high schools and colleges across the country plan for virtual graduation ceremonies in the coming months, it’s tough for students and their families to not be disappointed in what they’re missing out on. But graduation isn’t just about caps, gowns and that walk across the stage and into adulthood. It’s about you, the graduate.
All of us at Central Florida Lifestyle will be celebrating you all month long – recognizing your achievements and celebrating the road ahead. There are just a couple of things we want you to remember on your journey.
“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”
Just as there were many lessons in the classroom, this situation provides another amazing opportunity for learning. Things won’t always go your way, but learning to handle life’s disappointments with grace is a skill that you will carry with you for a lifetime. While it may feel like you were cheated out of this milestone in a traditional sense, just know that nothing can take away your moment.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
You’ve spent most of your life learning, whether in the classroom, in an extracurricular setting or at home. You’ve met people along the way – teachers, coaches, counselors, even fellow students – who have inspired you in some way. Roadblocks will pop up in your life (maybe none quite as big as this pandemic, but roadblocks, none-the-less) that will remind you of those lessons and those people that you’re carrying with you, sparking your drive to continue moving forward. Remember them, always.
With that said, congratulations to everyone celebrating graduations this month. We’re proud of you and wish you much success in your future!