New Castle News


June 6, 2013

Tim Kolodziej: For the Class of 2013, there’s no looking back — promise?


NEW CASTLE — “Praises for our past triumphs are as feathers to a dead bird.” — Paul Eldridge


Your future is now.

And you must cling to that phrase along the journey of life. You must.

Let me give you the bad news first: You know all the touchdowns, all the A’s, all the extra-curricular activities you’ve amassed through your school days? In and of themselves they are meaningless. Gone.

Unless someone has kept a record of what you’ve accomplished, it no longer exists.

But here’s the good news: Together, all those things have made you who you are TODAY.

Right now.

All the studying to get the A’s yesterday has made you a much better student TODAY.

All the weight-lifting and running that made you a great football player yesterday has gotten you into prime physical condition TODAY.

All the volunteer work you did yesterday has made you a more compassionate young person TODAY.

And what you do today — all the choices you make and habits you sustain — will make you who you are tomorrow.

And that’s the version of you that employers will want to hire. That’s the version a potential spouse will want to marry. That’s the version of you who can help change the world.

There’s no looking back. There’s no standing still. There’s no such thing as resting on your laurels — whatever a laurel is.

Only forward motion gets you to where you desire to go.

“Bring up the past only if you are going to build from it.” — Doménico Cieri Estrada


It’s your grace period, remember, so feel free to check back into 2011 when you get together with friends over the summer.

Remember all the fun you had in 2009.

Gather wisdom from the negative experience you had last year.

In other words, use the past.

Both the good and the bad.

Learn from it.

Let it be your springboard to a brighter future.

Just don’t stay there. Please.

Your future is way too bright to remain stuck in the shadows.

And we can’t wait to see you shine.

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