From the desk of the 2018 Salutatorian

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Somebody once told me, the world was gonna roll me.  Personally, I tend to disagree; Life is tough, it’s hard to get through sometimes, but it will only beat you down if you let it.  No matter how difficult the task (like writing a speech to give in front of thousands of people), you can always meet it with a straight back and a level gaze, and give it your best effort.

To quote a good friend of mine, “I wish the people in my life a mountain of struggles, and the strength to surmount them.  Without struggles, life would be platonic and boring, plus you would never be able to truly appreciate certain things in life, or rather, life itself.”  Life’s a lottery, you don’t know what card you’re going to pull, but you can determine how you’ll react to the hand you’re dealt.  Life is 10 percent what happens to you, and 90 percent how you react to it, and it’s up to each and every one of you to take your challenges and turn them into triumphs.  Often our toughest struggles give rise to incredible opportunities that would have been missed if we hadn’t faced our problems head on.

And what is life without opportunities? Boring, short, mundane, unmemorable.  A single experience, a single opportunity, can change your life.  But, if one always hides in the familiar and never steps outside their comfort zone, they never get the chance to truly live.  So, step outside more: go on that hiking trip in the Appalachian mountains with a friend, learn a new skill, apply for that exciting new job opportunity, stop wasting time and ask that boy or girl out, there are so many things that we miss because of our unfounded fear of the unknown.  Our lives are finite, but the possibilities are infinite.


Cameron McCanless

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