EDITORIAL — Trust your gut, grads

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Michael Clemons, Metamora Township High School valedictorian, hit upon a sage piece of advice with one portion of his May 22 graduation speech.

Clemons told the graduates to listen to their own hearts and fulfill their own desires.

He told the graduates that if everyone around them said they should be a doctor, but they want to be a mechanic, that they should follow their desire to be a mechanic.

Clemons is absolutely right.

Each person is instilled with desires and certain talents.

Those who follow those desires and talents are the truly happy people. They find fulfillment — not in a paycheck — but in a profession.

These people do not have the Loverboy song, “Working for the Weekend,” as their personal anthem.

This is a scary time. Being 17 or 18, and knowing the decisions you make now will chart a course for the rest of your life is heady stuff.

Your parents, and every other adult in your life, has been there.

You owe it to yourself to seek all the sage advice you can gather from those you love and trust.

But, in the end, trust your gut.

If the adults around you have prepared you well for life your instincts should be something you can trust.

Pursue the dreams you can truly call your own, not someone else’s.

“When you feel in your gut what you are and then dynamically pursue it — don’t back down and don’t give up — then you’re going to mystify a lot of folks,” Bob Dylan said.

He is right about that. And, you will find yourself in a life you can truly call your own.