“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
That’s what the late Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs said during his famous commencement address at Stanford University in 2005. His advice was offered to people crossing one of life’s major thresholds, but his words could apply to any of us … all the time.
In the coming days, hundreds of Plumas County high school seniors will be crossing the biggest threshold of their young lives as they graduate. To the students who will flip their tassels, the event and sense of accomplishment will be forever etched in their minds. It feels like it has taken a lifetime to get there; but, in reality, life is just beginning.
In just a few days our best and brightest will observe a well-earned rite of passage. Friends, family and the world will see them in a different light — no longer will they be considered kids. They will officially become young adults, with all the respect and responsibility that comes with it.
The Class of 2013 will share hugs, laughter and even a few tears on that special day. In reality, it’s likely the last time all of them will be together.
They will head in different directions as they begin life’s journey in earnest. Some will travel, some start a career, some will enter college and some will take their time to ponder just exactly what they are supposed to do with their lives.
But they will all have one thing in common: They will be making their first major life decisions — the first of many in the years ahead — and some of those decisions will ultimately determine the direction their lives will take.
But ask just about anyone who has been there and they will probably say, “Take your time. What’s the rush? Enjoy yourself.” Many of us would like to be where you are right now; with a clean slate, a mind filled with dreams and the energy to chase them.
For many of the Class of 2013 those dreams will lead them on adventures far away from Plumas County. This group of seniors surely contains our next generation of leaders. Hopefully, some of them will stay or return to where they grew up to raise families and become leaders in our community. Some will undoubtedly leave and never look back.
Regardless of the path they take, we hope it is the one they choose; the one they take because they have the courage to listen to their inner voice and chase their dreams.
Feather Publishing congratulates the Class of 2013. May all of your dreams come true.