Go Forth And Set The World On Fire

Congratulations are in order for so many high school and University students that are about to be recognized for the amazing accomplishment of finishing their schooling and getting ready to take that next step of their lives.  To each of them I would give the following advice:

“Go forth and set the world on fire.” – St. Ignatius of Loyola

I still remember exactly how I felt at my own High School graduation. It was 1989 and my hair was literally HUGE (no making fun – it was totally in style back then!). I had on a blue sundress with a royal blue cap and gown with a bright yellow tassel.  I still remember what I felt walking across that stage, hearing my name called out, and receiving my diploma. I remember the fear and trepidation I felt of knowing a familiar chapter of my life was coming to an end and a totally unfamiliar chapter was about to begin…it was exciting and terrifying all at the same time.

I even remember the talk our valedictorian gave that day.  They read the words of a Rod Stewart song called  “Forever Young” and the words were and are the perfect message for all  of those graduating:

May the good Lord be with you
Down every road you roam
And may sunshine and happiness
surround you when you’re far from home

And may you grow to be proud
Dignified and true
And do unto others
As you would have done to you

Be courageous and be brave
And in my heart you’ll always stay
Forever Young, Forever Young
Forever Young, Forever Young

May good fortune be with you
May your guiding light be strong
Build a stairway to heaven
with a prince or a vagabond

And may you never love in vain
and in my heart you will remain
Forever Young, Forever Young
Forever Young, Forever Young

And when you finally fly away
I’ll be hoping that I served you well
For all the wisdom of a lifetime
No one can ever tell

But whatever road you choose
I’m right behind you, win or lose
Forever Young, Forever Young
Forever Young ,Forever Young

My daughter-in-law Alexis graduates from Utah Valley University this week and I am SO PROUD of her and so happy to be her second Mama!  Congratulations to Alexis and all the other graduates!

~Amy Rees Anderson

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