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邦喬飛為2015年羅格斯大學卡姆登分校畢業生演講

Jon Bon Jovi at 2015 Rutgers University–Camden Convocation and Graduate Commencement

 

Photo of three lions hunting on the Serengeti.

講者:邦喬飛

2015年5月21日演講

 

翻譯:洪曉慧

編輯:朱學恆

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後製:洪曉慧

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關於這場演講(來源YouTube

邦喬飛接受文學博士榮譽學位,並在5月21日於卡姆登Susquehanna銀行中心舉行的評議會與研究生畢業典禮中首次演唱為2015年羅格斯大學卡姆登分校畢業生所寫的新歌。

 

關於邦喬飛(來源wikipedia

John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.(生於1962年3月2日)藝名為瓊.邦喬飛,他是美國歌手、詞曲創作者、唱片製作人、慈善家和演員,以搖滾樂團邦喬飛的創始人和主唱聞名,樂團成立於1983年。職業生涯中,他發行了兩張個人專輯,並與樂團成員共同發行了十二張錄音室專輯,全球銷售量迄今超過13億張,使他們成為世上最暢銷的音樂藝術家之一。除了音樂事業,邦喬飛於1990年代展開演藝生涯,在幾部電影中擔任主角,包括《月光情聖》和《獵殺U-571》,他也參與電視影集演出,包括《慾望城市》和《艾莉的異想世界》。

 

邦喬飛為2015年羅格斯大學卡姆登分校畢業生演講

 

他是著名音樂人和演員,也是全美最睿智的慈善家,很榮幸邀請邦喬飛先生上台領取文學博士榮譽學位。現在頒發的是文學博士榮譽學位。身為紐澤西之子,你以音樂人和演員身分獲得的成就為紐澤西州帶來莫大榮耀,你的名字代表能量、期許和樂觀,這是你在演員與慈善家的雙重身分中所獲得的特質。你以音樂人的身分在世界各地激發創意與歡樂,無論是以獨唱或與邦喬飛樂團合作的方式。你觸及數百萬人的生活,你曾在50多個國家演出,賣出上億張唱片。你獲得許多榮耀,例如葛萊美獎以及告示牌音樂獎。也許藉由慈善家的身分,你以最深刻的方式改變了人生。身為瓊邦喬飛靈魂基金會主席,你創立並領導一個非營利組織,致力於促成正向改變,逐一幫助有需要的人。藉由尋找使家庭與個人陷入經濟危機問題的解決之道,你和靈魂基金會提供資金,為全國數百位低收入個人與家庭提供可負擔的住所與棲身處。靈魂基金會資助的項目替無家可歸的個人與家庭解決了吃住等關鍵問題。2011年10月,基金會在紐澤西Red Bank開辦JBJ靈魂廚房,解決了食物與安全的問題。藉由你的遠見,我聽說這個只有33個座位的社區廚房已提供37,000份餐點。你以尊重的態度與品質要求經營這個事業,顧客藉由自願服務或小額捐款換取餐點。你對珊迪颶風受害者的持續援助幫助許多家庭重建被暴風摧毀的人生,你幫助個人與社區建立尊嚴的慈悲做法將你帶來卡姆登及鄰近的費城,目睹社區對投資的需求。你的基金會提供費城無家可歸者住所,也為卡姆登無家可歸者提供庇護所,整個區域的社區已找到新生活和新希望。因為你對可負擔住所的承諾以及對社會服務的支持,2015年你眾望所歸地獲得公共財富獎,代表你藉由專業與個人努力對豐富的現代文化所做的眾多貢獻。2014年,你在特拉華谷領取瑪麗安.安德森獎,讚揚備受讚譽的藝術家,有效地造成正向改變。你的作為讓所有你接觸過的人深受鼓舞,無論是你的音樂帶來的啟發,或你的慈善事業激起的希望與樂觀。因此,現在藉由紐澤西州立羅格斯大學理事會與校董會賦予我的權力,很榮幸將榮譽文學博士學位授予你,以及所有的權利、責任與這個學位所享有的特權。

 

早安,Redd市長、Barchi校長、Haddon總校長、理事會成員、校董會委員、校友、家屬、朋友,尤其是羅格斯大學卡姆登分校畢業生。恭喜。感謝你們在這個人生中最特別的日子邀請我來到這裡,感謝你們給我這份榮耀。雖然你們讓我穿上這件禮袍,但讓我在布萊恩.史蒂文森之後演講對我一點好處也沒有,我想他們可能混淆了今天的開場表演和主題。

 

我絞盡腦汁地思考能提供什麼你們尚未知曉的資訊,某種能提醒你來自何方、以及能在未來人生旅途中帶給你安慰的東西。起初我想得太少,然後想得太多。當我梳理腦海裡的想法時,我意識到自己相當幸運。當我在你們這個年紀時,沒有Facebook、Twitter或Instagram。我不打算說出這些經歷,抱歉。但我想起一些想跟各位分享的事。

 

14年前,我為紐澤西另一所學校擔任畢業演講嘉賓,藉由神奇的Google搜尋引擎,我得以「回到未來」,回顧我對2001年畢業生說的話今天是否依然可信。這些話始於天真地談論新的開始,從幼稚園到高中到大學。你記不得昨天早餐吃了什麼,但我敢肯定你記得成長過程中經歷過的種種感覺,從純粹的喜悅到期待到絕對的恐懼,然後彈指間一切都成為回憶。我們的未來始於我們的過去,但不會就此結束。在那場演講中,我勉勵畢業生將職場視為學校,不斷學習、謙虛待人。保持謙虛,提醒自己沒有任何工作配不上你,只要你把它當作一項學習。也許你已規劃好自己的人生,在《財富》500強企業擔任高職,或從事慈善、政治、甚至娛樂事業。棒極了,我會說:「加油!」但如果你尚未規畫,那也無所謂,別因猶豫不決而感到羞愧,人生是一條漫長而崎嶇的道路,但這將造就一段令人振奮的旅程。選擇一個方向,如果遇見轉彎,那就轉吧!如果遇見岔路,那就前進吧!你可以規劃未來,但請用鉛筆。繼續新的開始,用鉛筆做規劃。

 

2003年我邁入人生新篇章,人生的岔路讓我成為今天的我。2003年,我成為費城一支室內美式足球隊合夥人,這是關於崎嶇道路、經驗教訓、謙卑以及上帝恩典的故事。好,看看你們是否能有所領悟。搖滾明星熱愛足球,聽說有機會擁有一支室內足球隊,在球隊老闆包廂中,他與樂團夥伴笑談進攻策略,然後以他的名義發布進攻策略。團員酒醒後打道回府,但主唱沒有。他找到一位合夥人,創立一支球隊-費城靈魂隊。最初5年中,它成了最熱門的球隊,為費城贏得總冠軍。我們以不同的方式經營這個球隊,我們利用從其他人生經歷獲得的經驗組織一個縱橫球場的成功球隊,也對球場外的世界造成影響。我們藉此建立一個負擔得起、人人都能獲得、造福家庭的事業,並驕傲地宣布,我們打算成為城裡對慈善事業最投入的球隊。在靈魂隊參加錦標賽之前,我們發現四個需要幫助的慈善機構,捐出比我們所賺更多的錢。踢足球和扮演羅賓漢令我們樂在其中。2006年一個嚴寒的夜晚,我住在費城,我望向窗外,看見一名男子睡在外面,蜷縮著身體,希望藉此度過寒夜。我決定我們應將慈善行動集中在無家可歸者身上,這個問題可能對任何人產生影響,無論是年輕人或老人、黑人或白人、共和黨員或民主黨員。我不需要科學家尋找解決之道,我需要有人協助我幫助那些有需要的人。我請一位密友替我尋找既熱心又有同情心的人,無家可歸者問題的權威人士。他找到瑪麗.斯卡莉恩修女,這就是搖滾明星擁有新開始的起點。

 

這是一段崎嶇的旅程,我用鉛筆寫下這句話:「我們的力量」。你和我,這就是「我們的力量」。「我們」能實現我們想看見的改變。我與瑪麗修女見面,她已建立Project HOME團隊,我們攜手合作,將近十年後,我們繼續藉由我們的力量解決需要幫助者的需求。我們或許在球隊上損失了金錢,但我們贏得球場內外的影響力。因此記住,當生命帶來挑戰,同時也帶來機會。從搖滾明星到球隊老闆到基金會主席,這些都只是人生旅途的里程碑,這就是我們的力量。沒有人是一座孤島,沒有人能獨自做到這一切。政府並非獨力運作,私營企業亦然,這需要有力的夥伴,例如Redd市長還有Thompson首長。這需要傑出的合作夥伴,例如卡姆登的核心-聖若瑟木匠協會,以及Hopeworks ‘n Camden(青年發展組織)。這需要所有人的力量,無論是修女或搖滾明星,這需要你們的力量。

 

但你們已瞭解這一點,因為你們已經看見,因為你們已經做到。對我來說,飢餓和無家可歸是我在意的問題,對你來說,在意的或許是其他問題。尋找能激起你熱情的事物,展開行動,成為改變的推手,這就是你所做的事,這就是你已完成的事。當召喚來臨時,你做出改變,採取公正的做法。你可以輕易地利用科技放鬆,玩電子遊戲,但你利用科技標記社區的情況,確保有需要的人能得到服務。你可以利用知識操縱他人,但你們利用知識攜手合作,讓Cooper公園重新開放。你可以把時間用在自己身上,但相反地,在僅僅一學年的時間當中,你們羅格斯大學卡姆登分校學生做了將近35年份的社區服務。這同樣是我們的力量。

 

接受「我們」的概念無法免除你領導的責任,這個世界需要年輕人挺身而出、以身作則、言出必行、親身實踐、探索你的期許、激勵他人。別讓任何人定義你的特質或角色,這並非總是易事。生命並非實境秀,這就是現實。注意你和我,我們是紐澤西的一份子,一切都與我們息息相關。在這個州,我們甚至不能自行替汽車加油。在這個州,我們有花園州收費高速公路,我們有紐澤西收費高速公路,我們有許多里程標誌。這裡的人會說:「你從哪個出口來的?」你的文憑是一個里程碑,這是你已走了多遠的標度。這是你已走了多遠的標度,但無法預期你能走多遠。你的文憑是一種淨身儀式、一項召喚、一份責任。藉由你在這裡培養的才華與獲得的知識做出貢獻。學業結束,但學習永無止盡。你的文憑是開啟機會大門的鑰匙,不僅為你自己,也為他人。因此如果你希望往後擁有如今天一樣美妙的自豪感,讓今天及往後每一天都不僅以自己的成就為目標,讓「我們的力量」構築你的人生。因為如果你這麼做,你將擁有遠勝於「值得擁有」的東西,你將擁有值得享有的人生。你可以用鋼筆寫下這句話。

 

感謝和恭喜你們,2015年畢業生。我想買一份禮物給你們,但我不確定你們的尺寸和喜愛的顏色。我盡力而為,這個邀請令我深受啟發,我坐下來為你們寫了一首歌,我盡力為你們表演這首不曾公開演唱的歌,因為我曾在後台唱給校長聽。好,我們試試看。

 

This isn't how the story ends, my friends

(這不是故事的結局,我的朋友)

it's just a fork along the road

(只是途中的一條岔路)

Don't say your prayers, , save your amens

(別說出你的禱告,省下你的阿門)

you've come this far but you're still far from home

(你已走了很長的路程,但依然遠離家鄉)

Don't say goodbye just say farewell

(別說再見,只要告別)

Write every line you lived to tell

(紀錄你生命中每一條軌跡)

hold your head high, like Harry, give em hell

(像哈利一樣昂首闊步,讓他們好看)

and as the night ignites the day

(當黑夜點燃白晝)

go make some memories along the way

(為這段旅程製造一些回憶)

go write your songs, sing along

(寫下你的歌,沿路歡唱)

love your life

(熱愛你的生活)

learn to laugh, dare to dance, touch the sky

(學會歡笑,大膽跳舞,觸摸天空)

take pictures each step of the way

(拍下途中每一個步伐)

make this the best of the rest of your days

(讓它成為你餘生最美的風景)

start your revolution

(展開你的革命)

and I'll see you at the reunion

(我會在同學會上看見你)

some friends will go and some will stay

(有些朋友離開,有些朋友留下)

okay, some last a chapter, some a page

(有些構成你人生的篇章,有些只是微不足道的一頁)

for some love comes disguised as lust

(有些慾望披著愛的外衣)

but you'll find love when you find trust someday

(但當你找到信任時,也將找到真愛)

do better than our parents did

(比父母做的更好)

in perfect wealth and wife and kids

(擁有令人欣羨的財富、妻子與孩子)

Go plot your course then turn it upside down

(描繪你的人生軌跡,然後翻轉)

Go live your life, eyes open wide

(享受你的人生,睜大眼睛)

Well who's to say what's wrong or right

(誰能評判對錯?)

right?

(對嗎?)

Write your song, sing along, love your life

(寫下你的歌,沿路歡唱,熱愛你的生活)

Learn to laugh, dare to dance, touch the sky

(學會歡笑,大膽跳舞,觸摸天空)

Take pictures each step of the way

(拍下途中每一個步伐)

Make this the best of the rest of your days

(讓它成為你餘生最美的風景)

I say

(我說)

go start your own revolution

(展開你的革命)

and I'll see you at the reunion

(我會在同學會上看見你)

Well, I'll see you at the reunion

(我會在同學會上看見你)

 

以下為系統擷取之英文原文

About this Talk

Jon Bon Jovi accepts an honorary degree (Doctor of Letters) and debuts a new song written for the Class of 2015 at Rutgers University-Camden during the Convocation and Graduate Commencement ceremony held at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on May 21.

About the Speaker

John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. (born March 2, 1962), known as Jon Bon Jovi, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor, best known as the founder and frontman of rock band Bon Jovi, which was formed in 1983.During his career, he has released two solo albums and twelve studio albums with his band, which to date have sold over 130 million albums worldwide making them one of the world's best-selling music artists. In addition to his music career, Bon Jovi started an acting career in the 1990s, starring roles in several movies include Moonlight and Valentino and U-571 and also made appearances on TV series including Sex and the City and Ally McBeal.

Transcript 

THANK YOU FOR INVITING ME HERE TODAY ON ONE OF THE MOST SPECIAL DAYS OF YOUR LIFE – SO FAR … AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS HONOR.

ALTHOUGH YOU HAVE ALLOWED ME TO WEAR THIS CAP AND GOWN YOU HAVE DONE ME NO FAVORS HAVING ME SPEAK AFTER ONE OF OUR COUNTRY’S HEROES FOR JUSTICE, BRYAN STEVENSON … THANK YOU BRYAN FOR ALL THAT YOU DO …

I FEEL LIKE THEY MAY HAVE GOTTEN THE OPENING ACT AND THE HEADLINER MIXED UP …

I’VE BEEN WRESTLING OVER WHAT INFORMATION I COULD OFFER THAT YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY HEARD. SOMETHING THAT CAN BE A REMINDER OF WHERE YOU CAME FROM AND A SIGN TO COMFORT YOU ON THE ROAD AHEAD. 

AT FIRST I SHARED TOO LITTLE, THEN I SHARED FAR TOO MUCH.

AS I EDITED MY THOUGHTS, I REALIZED I’M SURE LUCKY THERE WAS NO FACEBOOK, TWITTER, OR INSTAGRAM WHEN I WAS YOUR AGE.  

I’M KEEPING THOSE CHAPTERS UP HERE.  SORRY! 

BUT I WAS REMINDED OF A FEW THINGS I’D LIKE TO SHARE …

FOURTEEN YEARS AGO I GAVE A COMMENCEMENT SPEECH AT ANOTHER NEW JERSEY SCHOOL. THROUGH THE MAGIC OF GOOGLE SEARCH, I WAS ABLE TO HAVE A “BACK TO THE FUTURE MOMENT,” LOOKING BACK ON MY WORDS TO SEE IF ANY OF WHAT I SAID TO THE CLASS OF 2001 STANDS UP TODAY. 

THOSE WORDS STARTED OUT INNOCENTLY ENOUGH TALKING ABOUT NEW BEGINNINGS – FROM KINDERGARTEN TO HIGH SCHOOL TO COLLEGE. YOU CAN’T REMEMBER WHAT YOU HAD FOR BREAKFAST YESTERDAY – BUT I’M SURE YOU CAN REMEMBER THE MULTITUDE OF EMOTIONS THAT WERE RUNNING THROUGH YOU DURING THOSE FORMATIVE YEARS.  FROM SHEER JOY TO ANTICIPATION TO ABSOLUTE FEAR. AND THEN IN A SNAP OF A FINGER IT’S ALL JUST MEMORIES IN A SCRAPBOOK … 

OUR FUTURE STARTS IN OUR PAST – BUT IT DOESN’T END THERE.  

IN THAT SPEECH I SAID TO TREAT THE WORKPLACE LIKE SCHOOL, AND KEEP LEARNING. BE HUMBLE, REMAIN HUMBLE AND REMIND YOURSELF THAT NO JOB IS BENEATH YOU IF YOU USE IT AS A LESSON.  

MAYBE YOU’VE MAPPED YOUR LIFE OUT. A CORNER OFFICE AT A FORTUNE 500 COMPANY OR A LIFE IN PHILANTHROPY, POLITICS OR EVEN ENTERTAINMENT. GREAT! I SAY “GO FOR IT.” BUT IF YOU HAVEN’T – THAT’S OK TOO. DON’T BE EMBARRASSED BY INDECISION. 

LIFE IS A LONG, BUMPY ROAD, BUT THAT MAKES FOR AN EXCITING RIDE. CHOOSE A DIRECTION AND IF THE ROAD TURNS – TURN!  IF THERE IS A FORK IN THE ROAD – TAKE IT!  IT’S OK TO MAP OUT YOUR FUTURE … BUT DO IT IN PENCIL. 

CONTINUING WITH THE NEW BEGINNING AND PLANNING IN PENCIL THEME … 2003 LED ME TO A NEW CHAPTER IN MY LIFE AND MY FORK IN THE ROAD  THAT BRINGS ME HERE TODAY.

IN 2003, I  BECAME CO OWNER OF AN ARENA FOOTBALLTEAM IN PHILADELPHIA. TALK ABOUT BUMPY ROADS, LESSONS LEARNED, HUMILITY AND THEN DIVINE INTERVENTION.

OK, SEE IF YOU CAN FOLLOW THIS:

ROCK STAR LOVES FOOTBALL, HEARS ABOUT AN OPPORTUNITY TO OWN AN ARENA TEAM, LAUGHS WITH HIS BANDMATES ABOUT CALLING PLAYS IN THE OWNERS BOX … THEN CALLS ARE MADE ON HIS BEHALF TO PURSUE THE TEAM … BAND SOBERS UP AND BACKS OUT, SINGER DOESN’T!  HE FINDS A PARTNER, THEY START AN EXPANSION TEAM, THE PHILADELPHIA SOUL. IN IT’S FIRST FIVE YEARS, IT’S THE LEAGUE’S MOST POPULAR TEAM. THEY WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP FOR PHILLY. 

WE APPROACH THIS TEAM DIFFERENTLY. WE USE LESSONS LEARNED IN OUR “OTHER LIVES” TO  PUT TOGETHER A WINNING TEAM ON THE FIELD BUT ALSO TO HAVE IMPACT OFF THE FIELD. WE MAKE IT AN AFFORDABLE, ACCESSIBLE, FAMILY AFFAIR AND PROUDLY ANNOUNCE THAT WE INTEND TO BECOME THE MOST PHILANTHROPIC TEAM IN TOWN.

BEFORE THE SOUL PLAYED A DOWN WE FOUND FOUR NEEDY CHARITIES AND GAVE AWAY MORE MONEY THAN WE BROUGHT IN. WE WERE HAVING FUN PLAYING FOOTBALL AND ROBIN HOOD! 

THEN ONE BITTER COLD NIGHT IN 2006, WHILE I WAS STAYING IN PHILLY, I LOOKED OUT MY WINDOW AND SAW A MAN SLEEPING OUTSIDE – HUDDLED UP HOPING TO MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT.  I DECIDED WE SHOULD FOCUS OUR PHILANTHROPIC EFFORTS ON HOMELESSNESS!! THIS ISSUE COULD AFFECT ANYONE – YOUNG, OLD; BLACK, WHITE; REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT. I DIDN’T NEED A SCIENTIST TO FIND THE CURE, I NEEDED SOMEONE TO HELP ME HELP THOSE IN NEED.

I ASKED A CLOSE FRIEND TO FIND ME SOMEONE WHO WAS BOTH PASSIONATE AND COMPASSIONATE, AN AUTHORITY ON THE HOMELESS ISSUE. HE FOUND SISTER MARY SCULLION AND THAT’S HOW THE ROCK STAR WHO HAD THE NEW BEGINNINGS, THE BUMPY RIDE, AND THE PENCIL CAME TO WRITE THE WORDS THE POWER OF WE.   

YOU. ME. THAT’S THE POWER OF WE.

“WE” CAN BE THAT CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE.

I MET SISTER MARY AND HER ALREADY WELL-ESTABLISHED TEAM AT PROJECT HOME, WE JOINED FORCES AND NEARLY A DECADE LATER WE  CONTINUE TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF THOSE IN NEED THROUGH THE POWER OF WE.  

WE MAY HAVE LOST MONEY BUT WE WON ON AND OFF THE FIELD.

REMEMBER WHEN LIFE BRINGS CHALLENGES – IT ALSO BRINGS OPPORTUNITY!

FROM ROCK STAR, TO TEAM OWNER TO FOUNDATION CHAIRMAN. THEY’RE ALL JUST MILE MARKERS ALONG THE WAY. 

THAT’S THE POWER OF WE. 

NO ONE IS AN ISLAND.

NO ONE CAN DO IT ALONE. 

NOT GOVERNMENT ALONE, NOT THE PRIVATE SECTOR ALONE. 

IT TAKES GREAT PARTNERS LIKE MAYOR REDD AND CHIEF THOMSON. 

IT TAKES GREAT PARTNERSHIPS LIKE HEART OF CAMDEN, THE ST. JOSEPH CARPENTER SOCIETY, AND HOPEWORKS ’N CAMDEN. IT TAKES EVERYONE FROM NUNS TO ROCK STARS. 

AND IT TAKES YOU!

BUT YOU KNOW THAT, BECAUSE YOU’VE SEEN IT. YOU’VE DONE IT.

FOR ME THE ISSUE OF HUNGER AND HOMELESSNESS FEELS RIGHT.

FOR YOU – IT MAY BE SOMETHING ELSE. FIND THAT SOMETHING YOU CAN BE PASSIONATE ABOUT AND START THE RIPPLE. BE THAT CHANGE!  

THAT’S WHAT YOU DO, THAT’S WHAT YOU HAVE DONE.

WHEN CALLED UPON YOUR CLASS HARNESSED CHANGE AND MADE IT WORK FOR JUSTICE.   

YOU COULD HAVE EASILY USED TECHNOLOGY TO RELAX AND PLAY VIDEO GAMES. BUT YOUR CLASS USED IT TO MAP THIS COMMUNITY TO MAKE SURE SERVICES GOT TO PEOPLE WHO NEED THEM.

YOU COULD HAVE USED YOUR KNOWLEDGE TO MANIPULATE OTHERS WITH LESS, BUT YOU USED IT TO COME TOGETHER AND REOPEN COOPER PARK.

YOU COULD HAVE USED YOUR TIME FOR YOU. BUT INSTEAD, OVER THE COURSE OF ONE SCHOOL YEAR, YOU, THE STUDENTS OF RUTGERS–CAMDEN DID ALMOST 35 YEARS’ WORTH OF COMMUNITY SERVICE.

THAT, TOO, IS THE POWER OF WE.

EMBRACING “WE” DOESN’T ABSOLVE YOU OF THE RESPONSIBILITY TO LEAD. THIS WORLD NEEDS IT’S YOUNG PEOPLE TO  LEAD AND TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE. TO WALK THE WALK, AND DO THE WORK. CONFOUND EXPECTATIONS. INSPIRE OTHERS! DON’T LET ANYONE DEFINE WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU CAN BE.

IT’S NOT ALWAYS GOING TO BE EASY. 

LIFE IS NOT A REALITY SHOW. THAT’S THE REALITY.

LOOK – YOU, ME – WE ARE NEW JERSEY.  HERE IT’S ALL ABOUT WE:  IN THIS STATE, WE CAN’T EVEN PUMP GAS BY OURSELVES.

AND HERE IN THIS STATE, WE’VE GOT THE PARKWAY, WE’VE GOT THE TURNPIKE. WE’VE GOT MILE MARKERS.  HERE, PEOPLE SAY, “WHAT EXIT ARE YOU FROM?”  

YOUR DIPLOMA IS A MILE MARKER. IT’S A MEASUREMENT OF HOW FAR YOU’VE COME, BUT IT DOESN’T SAY A THING ABOUT HOW FAR YOU CAN GO.   

YOUR DIPLOMA IS AN ANOINTMENT, A CALLING, A CHARGE TO USE THE TALENTS YOU’VE NURTURED AND THE KNOWLEDGE YOU’VE GAINED HERE – TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION. 

CLASS IS OVER, LEARNING ISN’T. YOUR DIPLOMA IS A KEY – TO OPEN DOORS OF POSSIBILITY NOT ONLY FOR YOURSELVES, BUT FOR OTHERS.

SO IF YOU WANT THE AMAZING FEELING OF PRIDE YOU’RE FEELING TO LAST FAR BEYOND TODAY – LET’S MAKE TODAY AND EVERY DAY THAT FOLLOWS ABOUT MORE THAN YOUR OWN ACCOMPLISHMENT.  MAKE IT ABOUT THE POWER OF WE! BECAUSE, IF YOU DO, YOU’LL HAVE A LOT MORE THAN “THINGS WORTH HAVING.” YOU’LL HAVE “A LIFE WORTH LIVING.”

AND YOU CAN WRITE THAT ONE DOWN IN PEN.

 


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