This is a writting that I did to tell my fellow students how I feel about life after High School.(My dad helped me on this one).

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Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence...

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons, for it is better to have a friend than an enemy.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly with conviction; and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; as they too have their story to tell.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they demand all and give misery in return; they are truly vexations to the spirit.

Do not compare yourself to others, as you will become bitter or vain, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Celebrate your uniqueness, as there is only one of you in the infinite universe.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interest in your own goals, however humble; it is a real possession in the forever changing fortunes of time...Exercise

caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of deception. Be skeptical! Your mind is yours and no other should possess it. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of selfless heroism...

Be yourself! Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love or afraid of it; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass...Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth, but never the desires or dreams.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. However, do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Listen with interest to those that have knowledge to give, as it is a priceless gift that should always be graciously accepted.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. Life is fragile and should not be wasted. Remember balance is what keeps you from falling. You are a child of the universe, unique and no less a part than the Earth and Stars that also compose it. And whether your part in it may never be clear to you, have no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive it to be.

Whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy hectic confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful with good humor, laughter is a medicine that should be taken often. Strive to be happy, you will live longer and better!