Graduates: Big things come from small areas

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Dear graduates,

First, we want to congratulate you all on your achievement! From kindergarten through high school, and some through college, you have studied, memorized, calculated, analyzed and recited. You have been tested (and retested), scored and graded.

Now you have reached the final week of school.

Wow. It seems like standing at the edge of a canyon, feeling the wind on your face and having the urge to fly like the birds around you.

All along the way, and particularly as you near graduation day, we’re sure you have been receiving loads of advice from everyone on how to shape your future.

This is the moment when you get to spread your wings and fly on your own.

Some will fly high in the clouds, others skimming along the surface of the earth, but all will move forward. That’s life.

How you shape your life will be your choice. Others will continue to guide you but the ultimate decision will be your own. Those choices may include work, college or military. No matter the direction, you will be settling on the path.

While determining your direction, don’t think that being from a small town is a hindrance. Think of it as a good thing.

Big things can come from small communities.

Would you rather be a big fish in a little pond or a little fish in a big pond? Neither choice is right or wrong – it’s just a choice that feels right to you.

Barnwell County can boast of a lot of famous people who made the commitment to put in the hard work and dedication to succeed in their chosen field.

Some people aren’t famous, but they are making a difference in their community – whether here in Barnwell County or elsewhere. They are giving back.

Giving back means helping those who helped you get to this point in your life and will continue to carry you in their hearts and prayers.

It also means helping others whose path is more rocky.

You will have to make the decision whether to remain in the Barnwell County community or wander across the world to find your dreams.

Whether you move back or just “touch back”, we ask that you always extend a helping hand.

There are those who are touching back to their hometowns, giving of their time and resources to make a difference.

It doesn’t matter if you make minimum wage or a six-figure job. What matters is that you are happy and doing something you love.

Please, share that love where you work, where you live or where your heart calls home.

Sincerely,

The staff of The People-Sentinel