Well it is that time of year again!
When graduates celebrate finishing secondary school.
I attended a recent graduation and it was beautiful.
It is easy to shed a tear or two. As dozens of young people embark on the next chapter of their lives. As they move forward to become better citizens and educated human beings.
I watched as the graduate hats were thrown to the sky and teachers and parents celebrated the bright new chapter awaiting these young people.
For many graduates – if they graduate at all – this is the end. Time to go out and find a job or start a business.
For others, this is the next step along the way, of getting more educated, with the assumption that more education will give you more chances of getting a ‘good’ job. University or college is the next step for these graduates.
I sat on this particular splendid day, watching the ceremony and listening to the speech given by a local entrepreneur, half of which I couldn’t hear and the other half was rubbish.
I thought to myself, if I could write a speech and give it to those graduates, this is what I would say.
You are going out into this world
With all this knowledge from school
And yet there is still so much to learn.
At this stage you have to believe
That you are on the right path.
‘Education’ they say
Is the only way…
Your minds are filled with what society wants you to know
And you suck it up because there’s really no other way
Yet in your heart,
I know you know,
There is? – there must be – a better way.
You know that to memorise facts and figures
Will give you those straight A’s,
Yet you know absolutely nothing,
About yourself or any other way,
And if you admit that you are lost
The system points you further astray.
So let’s be honest!
Let’s really say the truth.
That you … and I
Know little… if anything
Of what exists beyond this world.
So go out and be an open book
Lay down you beliefs
Face your pride
Look yourself squarely
In your eyes,
That you are not those thoughts you have
You are not that rubbish they taught
You are not what others believe about you
You are not what society has made you.
Instead, in reality,
You are everything, the greatest creator.
For everything comes from you and nature.
Everything is in your hands,
Blocked only by the limiting thoughts you choose.
Use your brain to figure it out,
Don’t let your brain use you!
Be the master, be the maker
Of all your dreams, waiting to come true.
For when you are alone
Or when others go against you
There will be no one you can turn to
Except the core of you.
And… If there is one more thing I may add
Before you go upon your way
Listen not to the voice within your head
For it will only echo the garbage you were fed,
Follow the wisdom that flows through your veins
Of centuries of evolution that brought you to this day
Connect within yourself, connect with nature
Listen so intensely until you hear your own heartbeat
Listen so clearly till you hear your own breathe
And never make another big decision
Without connecting to your centre
And the You that exists
Beneath this physical plain.
For that is the only truth,
That will see you beyond
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