This is a small snippet from Nick Offerman's, aka Ron Swanson, commencement address to the graduating class of 2017. As graduation nears in 2 months for the class of 2018, I hope this little passage will serve as an eye opener for those who are either going out into the workforce or pursuing more academia afterwards.
There are a lot of safe choices that you can make from here on out, and that's fine, perhaps you'll be complacent at best, but there are scarier, harder choices that once faced down might yield you more substantial happiness and therefore, far greater success. Not success determined by your bank account or the fancy car in which you can cruise the strip on Saturday night, but by the thrilling of your hearts and by the smiles on the faces of your loves ones, and by the warm fellowship of your neighbors and your community. I can tell you with great confidence that the easy way is very seldom the right way.
Wendell Barry wrote, I'll take a breath, this is poetry coming at you, "It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings." And one of the most important misconceptions purveyed by our modern consumerist society is the ignominy contained within the social media phenomenon known as the "epic fail." However, I would argue that if you're not making mistakes, you're not living"
For those of you who are graduating at the end of the semester, and even those who have already graduated or still have a few more years to finish up, it's important to realize that this isn't the end but only the beginning and that you are not finished being a student once you turn your tassel. In order to be successful and happy in your career or for the rest of your adult life in general you must continue to learn, make mistakes, and take risks.