Pearls of wisdom for the class of 2010

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By JE Bolton

As you go out into this great big world and begin your journey, remember that there is a few things to remember.

As you go, remember that you are no better than anyone else and no one else is any better than you are. We’re all equal and God put us on earth for the same reasons and purposes. We all have to learn from one another to make it work. Can you imagine how boring life would be if everyone was exactly the same?

As you go, learn that a Ph.D., a huge bank account, or your name embossed in gold on an office door doesn’t make you successful. Success is when someone can pattern his or her own life from your behavior and make the world a better place.

As you go, don’t get too caught up in world events to the point you lose sleep, bite your nails, or worry yourself sick. You can’t control those things. Instead, focus on the things you can control, like showing the world it may change but you never will. Also, remember there’s good news among the bad news. Look for it and it will always be there.

As you go, you’re going to make mistakes, get your heart broken, possibly get laid off for a job, and be in places you’ve never imagined you‘d ever be. Remember that it’s not the end of the world. Instead, turn every stumbling block into a stepping stone and build bridges with your very last thread of hope.

As you go, you’ll learn the adults you often referred to as “lame” and “non-relatable” really do understand more than you gave them credit for. I’ll be 33- years- old come September and I’m still learning about how life works. And you know what? I always will and that‘s okay.

As you go, remember that no dream is considered too stupid or too impossible. If it wasn’t for dreams, I wouldn’t be writing this for you to read or dismiss. Thank God for wonderful teachers and people who always saw potential in a young boy who didn’t wear the latest fashions, always kept to himself, and always sat in the back of the classroom.

Also, be grateful for people who don’t and never did believe in you. They’ll be your biggest motivation. If it wasn’t for nay-sayers, how would we really know what we could do?

And last, but not least, as you go, cherish these precious moments and always know you can go home again.

When the world gets too rough, remember Mama’s fried chicken and apple stack cakes will always beacon you home. It will be there when the world becomes too cold, too rough, and too demanding.

And the best part is the memories will last a lifetime.

Good luck and God bless you, class of 2010.