Summer is the time for graduations. My post is probably a little late but now that the excitement of commencement has faded you might be faced with the question, “what are your plans after graduation”.


In my blog posts about my life story, I forgot to mention the night I graduated from high school. The year was 1983 … it seems just like yesterday. I was standing outside wearing my cap and gown, relieved that it was over.

An adult friend of the family asked me, “What are your plans after graduation”. I replied, “My family and I are going out to dinner”.

I could read the reaction on his face. What he meant was what am I going to do with my like now that I graduated. I had no clue. No plans. Seemingly no future.

I was a rebel without a clue.

Many of my classmates either had jobs that they got through work/study. Work/study was where you took shop class half the day and the rest of the day you had a job at garage or machine shop. Now school was out, they would just work full time. These kids were mostly the burnouts.

Other friends actually applied to colleges and got accepted.

Not me. I was rebelling. Our house was up for sale. My family was moving to Florida. I had to go to Florida too. I tried to run away. I got across town to my buddy Matt’s house before his dad talked some sense into me.

I did not know what I wanted to do. How could I apply to college if I didn’t know what I wanted to do and what kind of degree to get? What do I want to be when I grow up? I was content to cruise around in my convertible GTO and chase girls. Maybe if I had a motorcycle and leather jacket I would have better luck with the girls. I liked working on my car, that was fun but was it a career for me?

Even now, sometimes I still wonder what do I want to be when I grow up. I’m figuring it out.

The point of my message to graduates is this. It is not how you start; it’s how you finish.

Everyone has a story, I’m still writing mine but it’s going to be exceptional. Make your story one worth telling; a life worth living. Make an impact on the people your life touches.

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