Vail Daily’s View: Threshold of adulthood
Vail, CO Colorado
Ah, ’tis the season, finally (maybe? please?): Trees budding gloriously green. Mowing the lawn. Golf courses opening. Breaking out the bikes and kayaks, putting away the parkas and ski pants.
And this weekend especially, a lot of young folks thinking about how they can’t wait to blow out of their hometown and take on the world, mainly by moving on to college, we’re pleased to see.
It’s as much this way in Fargo, N.D., and Moline, Ill., as in Honolulu and Vail.
Anywhere but here, please dear God …
The high schools are whipping through graduation ceremonies this week and next. All that pomp and glory, awards, bright dreams, inspirational speeches, gowns and tassels.
And with all this, another class is unleashed to chase bright dreams and to take that big step into adulthood.
The hoopla celebrates graduating from high school, the culmination of all those years since kindergarten. But this also is that symbolic threshold that we each cross from still being told what to do to fully choosing for ourselves. When parents transition from boss to … guide. This can be as difficult a change for them as for the “child.”
In our community, most freshly minted high school graduates continue on with higher education. This speaks well of our schools, our educators and our parents understanding that this is the surest ticket to successful adult lives.
College graduates consistently report higher incomes and higher life satisfaction, although that’s not to say this is the path for everyone, and it’s surely not a guarantee. Just a good start.
And hey, speaking of college, be relieved that this is high school graduation and not college graduation. The encouraging surveys are so much paper these days, with recession still blunting the job market for the new college grads. Yes, timing is everything.
Still, even a cursory look at the unemployment rate will show you that the educated are increasingly favored here, too.
However you choose from here (and congratulations, it’s all your decisions now), we wish you nothing but the best.
And welcome to the world. This is the moment you’ve been training for.