Heights College Class of 2015 graduation ceremony - the largest for the school to date.
Heights College Class of 2015 graduation ceremony - the largest for the school to date.

Gen Y Gemma: Graduates to turn goals into masterpieces

AS WE are approaching the silly season, the end of the year, the reflecting begins to flow, I feel - especially with last week having been a week for many Year 12 senior students graduating from high school, attending their formal and other services to commemorate their completion of schooling.

What an amazing milestone in your life this is for you and a time to be thankful for the amazing people, including teachers, friends and families that have been by your side through this journey.

I drove past North Rockhampton High School the other day, and the words "follow your dreams", written on the electric noticeboard, caught my eye. Simple and sweet. Some might say corny, but hey, that's what life is all about.

But really, "follow your dreams" is such a small statement with the absolute widest of possibilities.

I graduated from Emmaus College here in Rocky four years ago now and still can remember the formal ceremonies clearly.

You should have all picked up by now that I'm a sucker for anything dreamy, inspirational and ritual-like, so this kind of event, as well as many others in my life, resonate quite clearly with me still.

The theme of our graduation in 2011 was "the future belongs to those who dream". I, for one, love this statement. And just like "follow your dreams", it does still have that same air of corniness, but you've gotta love it, right?

I mean, some days the breath is knocked out of me thinking how blessed and abundantly rich we are in opportunities in this country. I understand that we all come from different backgrounds, circumstances and events that have occurred and are occurring in our lives, but coming back to that true nature of why we are here, what we want to do - that's where magic happens.

A quote that often comes to mind when I think of dreams is: "A goal without a plan is just a wish". Make your goals real. Set them. Believe in them. Strive for them. Take refuge in them. They are your masterpieces to create in this life.

And for those of you who are scared, a beautiful anonymous quote says: "What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?"

Fly, fly, fly, you beautiful souls.



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