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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | May 17, 2008

Well it’s that time of year again. Everyone is busy shopping for suits and dresses, making lunches, sending invitations, and donning caps and gowns for graduation.

From the college level to preschool, people are walking through doorways into new vistas. While future plans are in the front of our minds, it’s also a good time to reflect and thank those who have made everything possible.

And as we contemplate new beginnings, perhaps it is best to think of graduation as just that — a time to leave the past behind and move on toward something brighter and better.

With so many career paths from which to choose, graduates should also pause to consider one thing — where are their interests and what is the mission that has been chosen for them.

While we might make more money as a doctor or architect, or lawyer, will we really enjoy spending endless hours in surgery, challenging others in a courtroom, or having to make dozens of changes in our building design? Do we really know both the good — and the not so good — about the career path we have chosen? If we truly enjoy what we are doing, though, if we are driven to do it, then chances are that we will be one of the best possible people that we can be in that field.

So chase your dreams and the money will follow. Follow your passion. If you want to join the Peace Corps before going to college, do it. If you want to serve as a missionary for a few years before going to college, follow your calling. If you want to serve your country, join the military. If you want to travel the world and take thousands of photos and submit them to a magazine with a journal of your travels, then do that.

You are the age you are right now only once. What is it that you want to do now. Will you be able to do it 10, 20 years from now when you are married and have a family? Then do it now. Live out your passions, live the passionate life, and you will be a fuller person for it.