As I see all of these graduation posts, I realize that it has been 11 years since I graduated from high school. ELEVEN. YEARS. How can that be? In some ways, it feels like yesterday, but then when I think about all that has happened since then, it feels like forever.
Like everyone else, I have a little bit of unsolicited advice for all the graduates out there. Someday, (probably sooner than I can imagine) I will have to be telling Ward and then Walker these same pieces of advice. That blows my mind, but I am sure my friend, Kathryn, never thought the day would come that her baby boy would be graduating from high school either, and now he will be on Friday. Time flies, y’all. No, that’s not my advice. 🙂 I unfortunately had to learn some of this on my own. Not that my parents didn’t try to tell me, but you just don’t listen to them.
1. Don’t be stupid. Of course, I know that all 18-22 year olds are going to make a couple of dumb decisions. I made a lot. But here’s the thing. Learn from them! Don’t keep being dumb over and over again. When you make a bad decision, just change the way you make that decision the next time.
2. Find your true self and then DON’T CHANGE. In college, I had some friends that were really my friends, but at the same time, I felt that I was never really truly Stacy around them. It wasn’t until later in my college career, that I found a group(ok, maybe like 2-3 people) that I could truly be the Stacy that I was born to be. It makes life so much easier and more enjoyable when you are who you are born to be. If you like being in your pajamas at 9:00 at night eating bowls of cereal, then by all means, find someone else who does the same. And then hang out!
3. The plans you have right now are going to change, so just be flexible. In high school, I knew which college I wanted to go to, and I got in. IN college, I knew what I wanted to major in and I did it, and I even graduated in 4 years. After college, I knew I wanted a teaching job, and then I got one. Then, things got sticky. Things just didn’t work out like I planned. Things still aren’t working out as planned. But it’s all good.I just changed my way of thinking to God’s plan. It’s a little more hectic and crazy than I would like at times, but it’s still the best way to live, right in the middle of God’s will. It gets easier giving up all of the control to Him as well.
There’s a lot more advice that I could give you, but I thought these three would probably suffice. You will get plenty of other advice from your parents and your grandparents, and your professors, and a lot of other people. Choose wisely who you listen to though. Make sure it’s GOOD advice you’re following. Oh, and one more piece of advice: Always go to class, even if the cafeteria is serving pancakes for dinner which is the best meal and it only happens once a semester. I mean….I don’t know that from experience or anything. 🙂