Becoming an adult has responsibilities
Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 18, 2000
Graduation is pretty close at hand for many Lawrence County high school seniors.
Thursday, May 18, 2000
Graduation is pretty close at hand for many Lawrence County high school seniors. They will accept their diplomas, toss their caps and head out into the world.
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New graduates will thank their parents – at least for the graduation gifts – and it will be difficult for them to say goodbye to even the meanest of their teachers.
This is a special time – a chance to celebrate a milestone. None of the lives of these newly minted graduates will ever be the same. They will enter a new world that will likely take many of them by surprise.
Many will get their first taste of freedom and being away from home.
And some will make mistakes that will ruin their lives and end their chance at a future.
Becoming a real adult with the freedom to make decisions for yourself includes responsibility for the paths you choose.
Save yourself some time and pick the ones you know your parents would advise you to choose. Although it is unlawful, if you are going to drink, use alcohol responsibly. And never, ever think you are "not too drunk to drive." Pay attention to your grades and apply yourself in school – it will really pay off later.
But, even more importantly, know how to have fun without taking chances. A moment of fun is not worth your life.
Enjoy your 20s, but know that life does get better as you get older. Make sure you are around to find out for yourself.
In the meantime, enjoy graduation and the celebrations afterward. Good luck. Make us proud.