When I was asked to speak about the future, I seized the
opportunity because I thought, “Hey, it hasn’t happened yet, I can
say anything I want!” But I would like to be serious for a minute
and share a few philosophies I enjoy about the future.
First of all, life can be crazy, so learn to adapt. Every person
here is evolving, even as we speak. Some are changing slowly,
and some, young people like us, are changing more quickly and
much more dramatically. You could say the very essence of life is
change. In every nanosecond, trillions of hearts beat, life cycles
spin, and the feet of explorers leave footprints where none have
been laid before. In every eon, mountains crawl, oceans flood, and
civilizations come and pass, leaving only ruins upon the earth.
You could say, the only constant in this world is change.
Class of 2006, we live in interesting times. Just take a look at
the world around us, changing faster than it ever has before. To
survive in the modern jungle, any explorers will have to adapt to
new surroundings and circumstances, if they want to arrive where
they intended. Define your goals, and drive around your obstacles,
let the changes around you change you and become a part of who
you are, and they will ultimately make you stronger.
And as for your goals… and finding success, what exactly is
success? Is there a single moment in any person’s life in which
they can honestly say, “I’m here, I’ve done it all, I’ve done
everything, I’ve played life and I got a high score?” I truly believe
that success comes from setting your own personal goals, not only
adhering to the goals that everyone else deems are important. Set
your own course.
Imagining your own goals sounds easier than it actually is. I
haven’t decided what career I want to follow, and I imagine many
of you haven’t either. But when I look into the future, I try to
picture myself doing more than just satisfying my goals concerning
myself. I would like to leave behind something more than just my
footprints. By helping my community in whatever way I can, I’m
leaving behind something like a monument. I’m not building
pyramids, but I am creating a new and better world for future
With just a few simple closing remarks, I would like to say
that I hope you enjoy the last precious moments before you receive
your diploma, and afterwards, keep close whatever wisdom you
have gained through your education here with the Royal Academy,
through your parents and tutors, and through the community and
the world around you.
Thank you very much .