Practicing from the Heart in the age of Technology - All articles and poems are by Reza Ghadimi, unless otherwise noted.
Dressed in your best, you wait. Pressed gowns adorn anxious bodies, caps on, tassels hanging.
It's graduation and expectation day.
Happy that school is over, anxious for what now?
It seems that you have spent your entire life working toward this day, this place, this time.
To get this permission, this license, this authorization to claim your place in this world.
And the world is waiting for you, with its hand out.
To take that which you have worked so hard to achieve.
Do you really owe anyone anything?
After all, you did all the work. All the learning, the proving of your worth.
Isn't that what this day is all about?
The world awaits you, try all of it for size!
It is said that a person is born twice,
Once to the parents who bore him/her
And once to the community, he/she chooses to live in.
Find the part of the world that fits you best
For today is truly the first day of the rest of your life!
Accept your diploma, turn the tassel on your cap
Toss it up in the air with a shout.
Go forth and make your mark!
Make it a good mark, a mark,
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