My fellow graduating high school seniors (or should I say graduated seniors),
We have had our struggles that ultimately propel us to prosperity in our short lifetime. We came into the world in the wake of the tragic 9/11 terrorist attacks and now we are graduating during the peak of a worldwide crisis.
At first glance, this may make us victims of circumstance, but I'd like to promote a more positive spin on such events. In this time of staying home, social distancing, and distance learning, COVID-19 has cursed most areas of the world, but what has been overlooked is the fact that a time of reflection, bonding, and self-exploration has been sparked, as well.
Yes, I know it is nearly impossible to imagine a high school senior's career ending without a prom or graduation. Or the final day of high school - the yearbook signing day with all of your high school cronies.
But my point is that everything happens for a greater purpose that we may not be able to comprehend or understand at the time. There is an effect for every cause, a consequence to every action, an outcome for every crisis. The outcome of COVID-19 is yet to be determined, and the best is yet to come from this crisis. Life will return to business as usual, and maybe we will even have a greater sense of gratitude for the simple things we often glossed over.
My dear Class of 2020 seniors, I encourage - no, I implore - you to take advantage of this time because you will never get it back. Try to put aside the feelings of angst for a moment and realize this is one of the moments and times in our lives that makes us both better and stronger. Stay positive as history begins a new chapter because the best days are yet to come. Take this time to love your family and friends, watch your favorite Netflix show, hug your pets, and enjoy all the little moments life has to offer.
As for those things you cannot yet do while following CDC guidelines, think about how appreciative you will be when life starts back up again. Imagine helping your grandchildren with their history homework about the infamous pandemic of 2020. This is one of those landmark times where we are witnessing history in the making, and one day we'll consider ourselves fortunate enough to say "we lived through that."
Stay strong, Class of 2020, the next chapter is rapidly approaching and life will be waiting for you.