Editorial: Where will you go?

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About the time we begin to wonder what lies ahead for our children, we pick up books like the Dr. Seuss classic “Oh the places you’ll go.”

We read it to them with dozens of other books as we imagine the best for them – a bright future with endless possibilities, fulfillment and happiness.

More than 200 area high school seniors are stepping from a stage of life they have all been desperately trying to escape into a new one with unforeseen challenges and pitfalls.
We have helped them, encouraged them, taught them and even scolded them at every turn in hopes we might have them prepared for this very moment.

What we find in life, though, is that even as adults with many years behind us it can be a challenge to define our lives and become – or even know – who we hope to be.

For some new graduates, the definition will come easy and quickly as they move into adulthood. For some, it may take decades filled with hurdles and dozens of tough questions. The key is reaching that potential and being able to be the person you want to be.

In a world filled with self-help strategies, programs and plans, author Daniel Pink posed one critical question that could help us all define who we are and what we are about: “What is my sentence?”