Alma Mater

You’ve been asked to speak at your high school alma mater — about the path of life. (Whoa.) Draft the speech.

When I saw the theme of the Path of Life, there were three things that came to mind.  The first was Green Day’s Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).  I then got on to Green Day’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams, and then to Psalm 16:11:

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

At high school, you have dreams and you have ideas and goals.  As you grow older, you maybe get cynical and the dreams disappear.  You might lose your way or the path becomes over grown.

*Screws up speech and throws it over right shoulder*

So here’s the thing… Life batters you and it leaves you feeling bruised, but know that the things that hurt the most do so because of how important they were to you. Enjoy those things, even though they might hurt when they end, and go back for another shot when they do. Never stop searching for what makes you happy, and never stop dreaming. The dream might not manifest itself as you first imagined, but its essence is still there.

Maybe Green Day did sum it up best.

Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test, and don’t ask why
It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in time

It’s something unpredictable, but in the end is right,
I hope you had the time of your life.

So take the photographs, and still frames in your mind
Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time
Tattoos and memories and dead skin on trial
For what it’s worth it was worth all the while

It’s something unpredictable, but in the end is right,
I hope you had the time of your life.

It’s something unpredictable, but in the end is right,
I hope you had the time of your life.

It’s something unpredictable, but in the end is right,
I hope you had the time of your life.

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