Message for the Class of 2014: No guarantees

While the Class of 2014 should be proud of its accomplishments, and we instruct them to work hard, to pursue their dreams, and to be happy, we are at a time when we adults have to admit to them that there are no guarantees in this world.

Too many self-absorbed and perhaps mentally ill fellow citizens are spending their time trying to figure out how to leave this world and take with them as many of the rest of us as possible.

We also live in a world where you can create firearms on a 3-D printer and the government or really anybody with some computer knowledge can know everything from where you shop to what you really think of your boy/girl friend. Every embarrassing moment is being recorded somewhere. In short, technology is rapidly overwhelming not only our sense of right and wrong, but our sense of decency.

Life has always been hazardous. But in the past, The greater threat was nature, not other humans. Today, it seems as if the news media bounces from one man-made atrocity to the next.

Without any guarantees then, what is a person to do? Too many sit back and expect the world to take care of them, living in kind of a permanent childlike status.

But our advice is this: life is short, and it really is what you make of it. It all may end tomorrow, so at least make today count.

Don’t wait to set goals for what you want out of life. Set them now, and use all your talent and energy to achieve them. Maybe you’ll succeed and maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll live long enough or maybe you won’t. Maybe you will change your mind and need to adopt new goals. Only one thing is for certain. If you don’t try, your chances of making a good life for yourself and your family are nil.

Skip the pity parties. Don’t use crutches, excuses or drugs to hide your failures from others or yourself. Decide what you want and go for it. There are no guarantees in life and never were. It won’t be easy, but your only chance is to follow your dreams for success.

Good luck all your days.