My generation is awesome.
As I sit here writing on the eve of my "last" day of high school, I can't help but reflect on my past 12 years of school and imagine what kind of surprises are in store for me. Ahead of us is an immense blank page, waiting to be filled with stories and experience.
I can't help but feel a little bittersweet at the thought I may never see some of my friends again, but the possibilities that lie ahead excite me to an endless degree. To all of you who are graduating and to those I've grown up with, thank you and I hope to see you all again very soon.
I've grown up with the grad class of 2012; got to know them, befriend them and learn with them. I've met some amazing, truly talented and hilarious people in my 12-year journey, and I would love to thank them all for helping to shape me and let me grow.
I know most generations probably believe their's is the best, but I find it hard to believe that I could have grown up with anybody kinder or more brilliant than the ones I have. The amount of respect I have for everyone grows more with each day. I hope to meet up again with many of you sometime in the future. I can't wait to hear about the success and achievements that you all have accomplished. I know that they'll be plentiful.
Looking forward, I can't help but feel excited and a little terrified at what lies in store. I can't wait to see what my generation has to offer the world. I've grown up with some of the most intelligent people, and I know that they'll continue to make the world a better place. I can't express how thrilled I am to have known these people for such a long time. I hope to continue a friendship with them for the rest of my life.
I know so many kids heavily involved in charity and social work that there's no way the world can't be at least a little cleaner, and a little more friendly. I'm so excited to see how much my generation can improve the wellbeing of everybody in the world through their caring and generosity.
In conclusion, I know how clichÃ© it is to say, but we've truly reached the end of a journey. The past 12 years of school have travelled by so incredibly fast that I feel like I've missed something. At the same time, I'm so grateful for the experiences I've had and the amazing people that I've met. They've shaped me and allowed me to grow into a person I'm very happy with.
I feel confident for our future. The amazing generosity that my generation displays ensures me that our future will be most excellent. To all the graduates and to everyone else, thank you for being awesome. You guys rock my frickin' socks. To continue on with the theme of clichÃ©s, I'll leave you with a quote from one of my favourite movies, Ferris Bueller's Day Off: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
I'm glad that I stopped to enjoy those whom I've grown up with all these years. Thanks for everything guys; let's make it count.
Stuart Lord is a Grade 12 student at Dr. Charles Best Secondary.
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