I am extremely honored to be standing up here today. It makes the all nighters and endless calculus homework almost seem worth it. Well anyways, my job was to write a speech that will inspire my classmates in some way, shape, or form and give them a few pieces of advice to live by. But before I do so, I would like to thank aLl I of those who have gotten me through the past four years. Ima: thank you for driving me to all of my practices, paying for my dance classes, and just being there for me. You are an amazing woman and I love you so much. Alli and Michele: you guys have been there for me through everything and I don't think I could ever tell you how much you mean to me. Jessica: we haven't known each other for very long, yet you are probably one of my closest friends. Thank you for giving me a good dose of insanity in my life. Harley: you helped me get through two of the worst years I've ever gone through, and I'm sure your college classmates will greatly appreciate your ability to get teachers off topic. Will and Joe: You two are probably some of the nicest guys I have ever met and I hope we all stay in touch after today. Thank you to all of my friends and family who have supported me throughout the years.
The people sitting to my left are more than my classmates; they are my family. We all have grown up together and have changed each other for the better. We have stuck together, even through the rough times... especially junior high. I am so proud of every single one of them and I love them all dearly. I'm so blessed to have had them in my life and I thank God for giving me the opportunity to have gone to such a wonderful school full of amazing people. Teachers, coaches, friends: you all have helped me become the person I am and I am so grateful for that. I will never forget any of you or the awesome times we had together.
Now, on to the inspiring part of this speech. The first bit of advice came from our track coach, Mr. Furstenau. As he once told us, fear is what holds us back. There is nothing you can't do; your only obstacle is yourself. Another thing I would like my classmates to remember is to take nothing for granted. As Tony Robbins said, 'Trade your expectation for appreciation and your whole world will change." We all know that we are bound to fail at some point in our lives. However, we choose how to deal with that failure. We have two options; we can get bitter and lose all faith in ourselves, or we can dust ourselves off and remember that just because we fail once, doesn't mean we will fail at everything. In the wise words of Marilyn Monroe, "Always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don't, who will?" Never forget who your true friends are; put your heart and soul into everything you do; never lose sight of what is important; be different; live your life to the fullest; and remember the advice Archie gave us when we took our field trip to the Omaha Correctional Center.
I would just like to thank you all again for being a part of our lives. As Dr. Seuss said: You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so... get on your way! Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened.