Mexia News Editorial: Time to vote

Where will you go?

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?”
Think about that for a moment. Answering that question can both tell you where you want to go and who you think you are or should be. The basic idea is not to try to be or do too much, but to define your place more simply.
All of us should be asking this question, but it is especially important for the class of 2015 as they step into that responsibility and independence of adulthood. Perhaps they are not ready to provide a well-defined simple sentence answer, but by asking the question they can begin to discover what lies ahead.
With that defining sentence at the center of our lives we can evaluate our efforts along the way to see if perhaps we are not as focused as we should be or maybe chose the wrong sentence. If we have that sentence as a guide to our destination, we will see when we are wandering, lost or treading water.
All of us need a defining moment, whether it comes when we graduate high school or two, three or five decades later.
Seniors of 2015, ask yourselves “How will I contribute? How will I define and find happiness?”
You should trust, but never hesitate to question. Always question, but don't doubt too much. Believe in people, believe in the good we can all do. Try to avoid getting wrapped up in the cynicism of today and the focus on our differences that create so many barriers.
You can go anywhere and do anything, but none of us have ever been able to do so alone.
Parents, friends and neighbors of those proud graduates, ask yourselves how you will help them realize these dreams.
Some sentences will be simpler than others, but no less important when realized.
From the staff at The Mexia News, congratulations to the class of 2015. We hope your sentence leads to a happy, productive life and helps make the world around you a little bit better.