Advocate editorial board opinion: Our youth venture out into the real world
. With the eyes of a child/you must come out and see/ that your world's spinning 'round/And through life you will be/a small part/of a hope/of a love/that exists. - From the song "Eyes of a Child" by the Moody Blues
We are excited about our area youth who were graduated this weekend from high school. We congratulate you and wish you well in your endeavors.
We've heard messages to graduates many times, but the message that remains timely is that you - the graduating classes - are our future. We encourage you to be more responsible than ever and go out in this world with the idea of making it better. You might proceed by continuing your education in college to enter some profession, or it might be embarking on the creation of your own business with the hopes of becoming an entrepreneurial member of the community, or it might be going to vocational school to learn a trade - we are so in need of tradespersons.
Whatever path you take, remember how you got to this point, and be thankful for all who helped you: your parents, your friends, your teachers, your mentors, your community.
We understand how some of you are anxious about going out into the world, not knowing what to expect or what experiences await you. After all, this country is in a war or two, the economy is not what we'd like it to be and the prospects are . well, not that good right now. Perhaps the generations before yours made more than their share of mistakes, and you are left to undo the errors and proceed in making this country the best it can be. By doing so, you will realize whatever your aspirations might be.
Our intentions here are not to paint an ugly future for you by laying out what is wrong in this country. We want you to know that many opportunities await you, and in recent years, many young adults have forged on to be successful and happy, earning a great sense of well-being.
You are in command of your future, and it can be bright, cheerful and satisfying if you are persistent and determined to make it that way.
With great respect for your accomplishments, we wish you success and happiness.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.