Congratulations and our best wishes to the Class of 2014
Every story you’ve ever connected with, every leader you’ve ever admired, every puny little thing that you’ve ever accomplished is the result of taking action. You have a choice. You can either be a passive victim of circumstance or you can be the active hero of your own life.
Emmy Award-winning actor Bradley Whitford said those words during his commencement speech for the University of Wisconsin in 2004. Whitford isn’t known for his sage advice. He’s probably best known as the fictional White House Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman in the former NBC drama “West Wing.” But his words of advice can apply to all of us — especially young people about to embark on their adult journey.
In the coming days, high school seniors in Plumas County will toss their mortarboards in the air and officially begin their journey. Some will fly away and never return. Some will put down roots and never leave. But they are all about to face challenges and decisions that could shape the direction of their lives.
To them we say: Take action. Go for it. Be the active hero in your own life.
Don’t follow the pack. Don’t take the path of least resistance. Don’t settle for less.
Today’s high school seniors are entering a much different, much more challenging world than their parents and grandparents did. For one thing, getting a job isn’t as easy as it used to be. Getting a job to support a family is even tougher.
On the other hand, today’s high schools are producing graduates who are more sophisticated. They are better equipped to meet the challenges of being an adult. They are more savvy when it comes to technology. They have the tools to succeed. Now it’s time to apply them.
Whether it’s in college, the labor market or the military. Whether it’s raising a family or working in the family business, those who take action will be more likely to succeed in the end.
Don’t be afraid to fail.
Ask anyone who is successful and they will likely tell you their road to success was littered with failures along the way. Don’t let failure, or the fear of failure, stop you. Embrace it. Learn from it. Get up, dust off and keep moving forward.
To those of you about to graduate, we want to thank you for the memories you are leaving with us. It has been fun to watch you grow up. And we are excited to see you take this next big step.
We are proud of you. And we are pulling for you. You are our future. And that future begins now.
Congratulations and our sincere best wishes to the Class of 2014.
Editorials are written by members of the editorial board and should be considered the opinion of the newspaper. The board consists of the publisher, managing editor and the appropriate staff writers.