Once again, it’s graduation season! Congratulations to the class of 2016, you’ve accomplished a great thing. Whether it is a high school diploma or University degree, well done!
I came across a number of commencement speeches over the past weeks. I love listening to them to hear what nuggets of wisdom, stories of experiences and motivational advice these coveted speakers share with the graduates.
Recently, I watched Tyler Perry’s commencement speech to Tuskegee University’s Class of 2016. Absolutely powerful to say the least! So many nuggets of wisdom shared that is so applicable to everyone that is or has been on a journey of higher learning.
As a kid my mom always told me, as I’m sure many of you may have heard as well, that “whatever is in your head, no one can take it out.”
She’s absolutely right. It is yours, it is a foundation that has been poured into you that takes root in uplifting you throughout your life.
We all have dreams and aspirations and we need that foundation to provide the strength we need to pursue our dreams. As Perry said, “you have to have a foundation that is big enough, strong enough, and bold enough to hold all your dreams and handle them coming true. That is what you have been doing here. You have been building a foundation. One that will hold you up for the rest of your life.”
Perry also shared an analogy about a well and that is what really inspired this post. He said “what is in the well will come up in the bucket.” This is exactly what the educational journey is about because in building that foundation a well is also dug. A well that is the spring of all your knowledge that even if you were not to find your dream job or enter into your desired career field right away, it does not diminish or ruin your education. It will always be stored in your well and will come up in your bucket whenever you need it.
I’ve experienced this because I was a University graduate renting cars when I returned home. Definitely not my dream job but I hadn’t lost what I had learned, it was being kept in my well and my foundation was strong enough to hold me up during those rough times when I questioned why I even went off to University.
So as many of you leave the safe havens that have kept you throughout your college days and enter the brutal, job-limited workplace, remember that a strong foundation was poured into you with a well filled with knowledge. People and experience have placed some good stuff in your well, things that you can always rely on because after all “what is in the well will come up in the bucket.”
Despite the struggles that you will face, trust the process, know that your foundation is strong enough to hold you and your dreams. Remember that well deep inside of you, continue to draw from it… the well that’ll never run dry.