The first day of the rest of your life

Trent Ernst, Editor

Ah, Grad weekend. A time of looking back. Of looking ahead. Of living in the moment.

It is a time of transition, and like all transition, is filled with terror and oportunity and doubt and joy and above all potential.

Past this point, they are still your babies, but they are no longer children. While they’ve been transitioning to adulthood over the last few years, this is, in this culture, one of the biggest signposts on the way: beyond here, there is no turning back. Past this point lies adulthood. Here there be dragons.

It’s hard not to try and hold on to what you have at moments like these. The familiar. The known. Past the gates of summer lies the unknown. Past here, you move into uncharted waters.

But the future, for all its ponty sharp teeth and claws that rend and tear is also an exciting place. A place full of the collective hopes and dreams of both child and parent. No longer a child. Young adult. When did that happen? It seems like just the other day they were toddling off to kindergarden and now look at them.

But the trick is, balanced here, where the past and future meet in this moment called the present is to embrace it. Live life for all it is worth in this moment. Don’t forget the past, for its bones form the skeleton of who you are. Don’t ignore the future, because it is coming at you like a southbound train.

But now? This is the only time you will experience this moment. Take time to enjoy it.

For some grads, this could be your last summer here in Tumbler Ridge. I know many who have said they couldn’t wait until the lights of town disappeared in the rear view mirror, only to realize that this place was far better than anywhere else they could find.

Take the time to enjoy summer here in Tumbler Ridge. Get out. Go fishing. Hiking. Biking. Jump off Flatbed Falls. Spend time with friends. With family Discover. Explore.

Indeed, that is good advice for everything you do in the future. As each moment yet to come becomes the moment that you are experiencing.  Discover. Explore. Live life in the moment, because that moment will only come around once, unless you’re trapped like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, a movie that came out years before this crop of grads was even born.

(Doesn’t that make you feel old?)

On Friday you graduated, the first day of the rest of your life.

The trick is, each and every day starts that cycle anew.

Today? Is the first day of the rest of your life. Tomorrow? Never comes. You’ll always find that the moment you live in is today.

But the day that follows this one? When it arrives, it too will be the first day of the rest of your life.

Each day is filled with potential and possibility and the spectre of change. That’s scary and exciting. Today you could decide to drive across country on a moped or take up Tuvan throat singing. Or maybe today is the day you decide to take the chance and ask that person you’ve had a crush on since tenth grade out. So what if they say no? The day that follows this one will be the next first day of the rest of your life and you can try something new, you can make a change, or you could do the thing that you love doing most of all. It’s up to you. It’s your life. Make of it what you will.

Enjoy, and congratulations to all the graduates of 2016.