You’ve been asked to speak at your high school alma mater — about the path of life. (Whoa.) Draft the speech.
I remember my time at ECI very well. I had a great four years here. I was part of a few clubs and had a core group of friends. I got along with the teachers and generally had no complaints about my high school life, except there never being enough chow mien in the cafeteria on Tuesdays!
When I was here, I never thought about life after ECI. I would of course think about universities I wanted to go to and what I wanted to study. The realm of life outside of academics never occurred to me. I was happy here, and in my mind that wasn’t going to change. My friends were going to be my friends for ever and I was going to stay that happy in my life choices.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but life doesn’t stay great or automatically get better after high school. It takes a lot of hard work and self realization to make it great. You graduate and lose track of your friends, you meet new and exciting people and learn new and exciting things. It makes life so much more fulfilling. Once you graduate and leave these halls, the world is opened to you.
What they don’t tell you here is that, it’s hard work to make great happen. Great in your life, may be unthinkably horrible to your best friend, your boyfriend or girlfriend, or even to your families. For me, moving to Korea the first time was an easy choice. It was just for a year and when I returned I thought I had my life all figured out. The second time I moved, it was one of the hardest choices I have ever made, but it has also made me the happiest I’ve been in a long time. Sometimes the hard choices are the best choices.
Don’t be afraid to make the big choices, the hard choices. To go after what makes you happy. In the end, that’s all that will matter. What friends you have, where you live, how much money you make – as long as you are happy, all the rest falls into place. It all starts with a simple choice. As Nelson Mandela once said, “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears”.
Definitely not my best I think, but at the end of a week long head cold, it’s all my tired brain could muster! Happy weekend everyone!