COMMENTARY: The Commencement Curse

Millions of teenagers across the land are about to leave the womb of high school for a world full of new freedoms and responsibilities. Although many have been waiting for this event for a long time, eager to get on with their lives as liberated adults, the thought of leaving behind friends and familiar places can be scary.

The transition isn’t made any easier by well-meaning adults who deliver what I call the Commencement Curse: “These are the best days of your life.” It’s a curse because, if it’s true, we’re telling kids it’s all downhill from here!

Fortunately, it’s not true. Yes, teenage years include wonderful memories of special friendships and all kinds of firsts. But not all memories are good, and however good they were, they’re not likely to be the best — not even close! In fact, the best is yet to come.

You will keep old friends as long as you have things in common, but you’re sure to make new ones as well. Yes, you’ll face additional challenges and responsibilities, but you’ll gain far greater control over your life to do what you want to do and be who you want to be.

Most of all, if you look in the right places, you’ll discover mature, meaningful love and trusting relationships that provide unbounded fulfillment. And if you wait until you can truly appreciate the comfort of marriage and unequaled joys raising a family, there will be endless moments of profound pride and satisfaction that make your school years seem like kid stuff.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

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  1. Mark Scharenbroich, motivational speaker, has used the phrase, “These are the best days of your lives……so far” — balancing the glories of the present with the anticipated wonders of the future.
    Good ideas, Michael, as always — with hopes that some of the other ‘commencement’ speakers will pick up on your thoughts! –dpc

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  2. It is such a wonderful advise anyone can give to a college going individual. One of my niece is going to college this year. May I use this ?

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