Congratulations to this year’s graduates, to those who are taking the next step into the world. Some of you may be leaving high school to map out your future by entering the work force, serving in our nation’s armed forces or entering college. Others may be graduating from college and facing the challenges of starting their lives in society or pursuing further advanced degrees in a chosen field.
You never know where life will lead you. I have learned this in my own life: I backpacked through Europe, became a practicing veterinarian, studied wildlife in the Galapagos Islands, became a husband and father, and am now a member of the New York State Assembly. Life can present many opportunities, constantly changing the plans we envisioned for ourselves. We all may not have the same opportunities but we can make each moment count.
Do not worry so much as to where the finish line is or when you should cross it, but do as much as you can to keep moving forward on the track of life. One size does not fit all and each person achieves their goals differently. Those who are graduating this year have a lot of work ahead of them, but it is our experiences which make life worthwhile.
I look forward to seeing what the graduating classes of 2011 will bring to the world as they make it their own. Congratulations!
Member of New York State Assembly, 99th District
Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester counties