To all the young graduates –

I hope you don’t get fooled by the world today – it’s mostly surface, surface, surface. Some people can look like they have it all, but really – they don’t; stop becoming somebody you’re not just so the world “approves”, because at the end of the day, the only person you end up fooling is you.

I hope you learn to practice humility. You may be an overachiever at school, but as far as life is concerned – you have a lot to learn. Stop complaining, start listening. Sometimes, learn to swallow your pride – I heard it is the trait of the courageous.

I hope you find your passion. Whether you pursue what you studied or find yourself in a totally different path, if it ignites a burning desire within you – do it. Along the way, you will encounter heads shaking in disapproval, and rejections, rejections, rejections (I’m saying it thrice for emphasis); but one day, you’ll hit the jackpot – a genius idea, an investor, a great boss – something that works or someone who believes in you. And when that happens, you’ll understand why passion and hardwork is everything.

I hope you find yourself. There is so much to be discovered about yourself outside the four walls of a classroom. Take time to be alone and do things that fulfill you. Read, write, cook, bake, draw, sing, travel – whatever it takes. When you realize that you are completely happy and content on your own, only then will  you have enough to share to others.

I hope you stick to what is essential. There are many things in this life that we think are all that, but are really not. Character, however, speaks volumes about a person; practice good manners, respect yourself and others, be kind, be compassionate, learn to forgive, be a good person. When you leave this world, your legacy is not measured by looks, success, or fame; it is your goodness that will linger in the hearts and minds of every person whose lives you touched, forever. 

Lastly, I hope you find genuine happiness out of life – may it be through love, career, or a vocation. It’s true what they say – life is too short to be anything but happy. It’s not always going to be easy, but it is the hard times that make us. If you look hard enough, you’ll see that you can find happiness in each and every corner of the world.

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I didn’t really get a chance to do a graduation speech in front of a huge crowd (thank heavens!) all my life, but I always had this bubble of thought that I wish I could have shared to others.

Well, I guess it’s never really too late. 🙂 (and I feel a little bit more worthy now, being an “adult” and all…. *smug face* hahaha kidding!)

Congratulations to all graduates! You are the hope of the future – make it count.

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