It’s a wrap! The 12 years are over and it’s time for 8 more – I mean if you really want to. These last 4 years of school have been challenging for some, and easy for others. Author Landon Parham said “Life isn’t just about darkness or light, rather it’s about finding light within the darkness”.
As we move forward with life, for a moment let’s stop thinking about the what ifs, and first find the positive outcomes. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but for the last 4 years, half of my decisions have come from fairytale movies where the protagonist gets everything at the end, in hopes that I will get the same conclusion. I have learned this is not the case. Because here I am, still -without my career decision, without my 10 year plan, and without my star roof benz . At the end of the day I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’m convinced the class of 2023 has got to have the toughest skin. In 2019 we started with a raft, and through the storms and winds of 2020 and 2021 we persevered and now we still got the raft -and a tan! I cannot voice the amount of times where I have just gotten angry at not knowing what’s next, and I still don’t know. But this tough skin aint gonna crack. At some point I will figure out my main purpose in life. But until then I’ll live, laugh and learn.
-Kylee Jackman speech at graduation, Monday, May 29, 2023