Free 2013 Graduation Speech

Posted by ptheibert on May 6, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Welcome to graduation.

I am your graduation speaker which shows why people in authority should not drink. Especially when choosing graduation speakers.

I am going to avoid saying what most graduation speakers say. And that is, “ You have your whole life ahead of you.”

Unless you get hit by a train. Or get cancer. Or have a heart attack. Or die in a car accident. Or your parachute does not open when you sky dive.

Now that I have cheered you up – let me also say that bad things, like the ones just mentioned, do happen.

But I hope you will have a long happy life.

But – to throw in a cliché – don’t expect it all to be smooth sailing. Jobs and relationships won’t work out, loved ones will get injured, sick, even die. You will wake up at three in the morning worrying about paying the bills, if your kid is sick enough to go to the ER, if you should have started saving for retirement sooner.

And you know what?

Those things, no matter how carefully you plan your life, cannot be avoided. You are going to have bad days, bad weeks, bad months, even bad years.

And you know what?

That is called living. And I cannot stand here and say, you have a wonderful life ahead of you. Heck, you may file for bankruptcy, be married four times, never see the Cubs win a World Series.

But I can tell you one thing. Good times, all in all, will outweigh the bad times.

And “Life happens”.

And when “life happens”, it all depends on your attitude. How flexible you are, how you can adjust, how you can help those around you, who may be in more emotional pain than you are.

So remember that when bad things happen, go hide under the covers. No - when bad things happen, cowboy up, face them, get through the bad times and remember the only one that can determine your attitude, the only one who can help others through bad times, is you.

And I know that toughness is in you all.

Without that toughness, you would not be here on this stage today. Earning that diploma means you sucked it up and got through the hard times and paid your dues and now you have earned something worthwhile. A future.

Now face that future with a good attitude, a sense of purpose, and always know that life will throw curves at you. How you deal with them is up to you!








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