Dear Class of 2020 – I’m so sorry that you are at home instead of in school taking in the last weeks of excitement before graduation. Dear Class of 2020 – I’m grateful that you are at home surrounded by your loved ones and creating a stronger bond day by day. Dear Class of 2020 – I’m sorry that you are not able to spend your weekends hanging out with your friends. Dear Class of 2020 – I’m grateful that you are able to spend quality time with your families before you head off to whatever adventure awaits you after high school. Dear Class of 2020 – I hope you see where I’m going with these words of encouragement. Life will not always work out the way we’ve planned; but, depending on the way we look at the circumstances makes all the difference. This doesn’t mean the experience is not real and your feelings are not valid. It simply means making the choice to acknowledge the bad; but see the good.
If I can give you any advice, it would be to spend this time creating a vision for your future self. On the other side of these circumstances, who will emerge? Spend this time seeking to find out who you are. Get to know you. It’s imperative that you get to know yourself and know why you are here. Discover your purpose. Discover what is good and acceptable for your life. When you line up with your purpose, everything you need will line up with you. Strive diligently to work wholeheartedly in your purpose every day. On the other side of these circumstances, who will emerge? I heard someone say, “This quarantine is like a cocoon, don’t come out the same way you went in.” I challenge you to emerge as someone who is more resilient, someone who is able to see the lesson in the challenge, and someone who will have an amazing story of triumph to share with the world.
I salute you for your bravery and your optimism! You give me hope!