We are always told that as we get older, we are meant to become wise. But I hope we stay foolish, foolish enough to believe that everything is possible. To know that we can do whatever we want and there is no one that can stop us but ourselves.
Fellow graduates, this month we say goodbye to constants in our life. We say goodbye to organized education and late nights of studying.
Goodbye to our athletic careers -- our coaches and teammates; to hours of workouts and icing our bumps, breaks and bruises.
But most importantly, we say goodbye to the children we used to be. This is it. Everything prior was just practice.
Every piece of tape on our ankles. Every win. Every loss. Every tear. Every breath we took.
They have all been to prepare us for this time in our life. We may not have known it at the time, but everything we have experienced was for a reason.
We've done the work. We've put in the blood, sweat and tears. We've planned for this moment since we can remember and now it is actually here.
I hope you did what you wanted. I hope you took some great classes and some really time-wasting ones. I hope you lived your dream of playing a college sport, of getting a college degree.
I hope you gained lifelong friends and mentors. But, most of all, I hope you know that you deserve what your life has in store for you.
There is one thing I have learned in life that stands out the most: Life is about being ready for the moments that will change your life.
Plan to fail at times; that's what life is about. But prepare for the opportunities to grow as a person.
Remember to never stop trying, to never stop fighting for what you want. Never stop doing things that make you uncomfortable.
Follow your dreams, especially when they are ridiculous and other people say you'll never see them fulfilled.
Good things come to those who wait. But great things come to those who work tirelessly and never give up.
The groundwork is set; our foundation is in place. Our life is out there waiting on us.
The only thing left for us to do is show up.
- Eugene Daniels