When it comes to high school graduations, or any graduations, for that matter. many times we take for granted the accomplishments of the graduate. During the ceremony for my nephew’s graduation, however, we were reminded in a a sobering way not to take those accomplishments for granted. One of the graduates gave a speech that brought most attendees to tears. He started his speech by talking about how easy his schoolwork came to him for most of his school career, and how easily all of his A’s came for him.. that was, until he experienced a life-changing brain injury because, in his words, he thought he was invincible.
He spoke slowly and deliberately, but immediately captured the attention of the thousands of people in attendance as he recounted his story. During his sophomore year of high school, he wrecked a dirt bike and suffered a life-altering brain injury. The doctors told his parents that if he lived, he would most certainly be a vegetable. He spoke of the incredible journey he’s been on as he had to learn to walk and talk again. The school administrators came together to re-design classes and programs for him so that he would be able to complete the work. It took a long time and a very strong will, but this young man stood courageously and addressed his fellow classmates.
He encouraged everyone to realize that life is precious, and we are not promised tomorrow. Indeed, we are not. This young man and his accomplishments were quite an inspiration to us all. May we be mindful that we are not invincible.
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