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By Karla Pomeroy
Editor 

Karla's Kolumn: Congratulations graduates

 

May 16, 2019



Sunday is graduation for many of the high schools here in the Big Horn Basin. Some college graduates have already received their diplomas. Saturday University of Wyoming graduates will receive theirs.

With all these graduations it is time to pass on words of wisdom as these graduates venture out into “real life.”

G Go forth and be the best you, you can be. Do not be someone else’s version of you. Do not try to be someone you are not. Be true to yourself.

R Remember Rachel’s Challenge and live life accordingly — Look for the best in others; Dream big; Choose positive influences; speak with kindness; start your own chain reaction.

A Ask if you don’t know. Never be afraid to ask someone if you don’t understand, if you’re lost, or just ask them questions to find a new friend.

D Don’t be afraid. Don’t be afraid to try new things, whether it’s a class, a new job, a new city, or even new clothes, new music or new food. You’re setting out in the world. Be adventurous.

U Understand. When listening to someone, listen to understand them, to sympathize with them, to learn from them.

A Accept the fact that some days you will be the windshield and some days you will be the bug. Some days will go well and some days will be tough. You’ll enjoy the good days more after persevering through the tough days.

Remember in the words of comedian Mark Lowry. His favorite Bible verse is “And it came to pass.” He says, “It didn’t come to stay, it came to pass.” Remember during your toughest days, they will pass.

T Target happiness. I still remember the words my father told me as I headed off to college, OK not verbatim, but something to the effect of be happy and have some fun. I was a bookworm in high school and so ready to graduate and be done with high school. He knew that.

He added, however, “but not too much fun that you lose your scholarships.” My father was a practical man but a smart man.

My brother says, “Life is short and so am I.” That applies to me as well (the short part). But the fact is life is short, whether you live to be 50 or 100. Enjoy life. Find something that makes you happy.

I knew I’d never get rich in community journalism. I was told in college that National Enquirer reporters start out at six figures. Not sure if it was true or not. I knew that was not something I’d be happy doing.

I love what I do. I enjoy coming to work at the Northern Wyoming News. I have been at a job where I dreaded going to work. Life is too short. Be happy.

E Education. Continue to educate yourself. Do not let a day go by without learning something. Today a gentleman came into the office and taught me the difference between half-staff and half-mast and the flag etiquette for Memorial Day. Learning is fun so keep doing it. 

 
 

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