Sunday, April 29, 2012

For the Graduates

We're entering graduation season, be it from high school or college. I found this article, addressed to college graduates, to have more than a bit of truth embedded in it.

Life rarely turns out the way one imagined as a tender-aged graduate on the cusp of adulthood.  It can disappoint, or it can far exceed our expectations. For example, one of my college classmates was a hard-partying frat boy who had long blond hair and a beard and usually wore red, white, and blue sneakers. Twenty years later I saw him in a blue business suit on the cover of CFO magazine. A few years after that, I read about his success story in the annual Forbes list that celebrates the 400 richest Americans. He described a "series of opportunities" in his career in which he always seemed to make the right choice.

Very few of us are ever that fortunate, but life certainly is full of surprises--good and bad. We can make either type of situation work for us. If we don't, well, then Shakespeare said it best. "The fault...lies not in our stars, but in ourselves."

Congratulations, graduates. Best wishes in making a good life for yourselves.