Oh The Places You’ll Go

Recently I attended my niece’s high school graduation ceremony, and as valedictorian of her class, she gave the presentation to the listening audience.  It occurred to me that much of what she had to say applies directly to people with Multiple Sclerosis as well.  I think you will agree with me when you read the following excerpts taken from her inspirational speech…….here it is…..

What’s your deepest fear?  Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, or fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.

Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to great places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head, and feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go. You’ll look up and down streets.  Look them over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”

With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not so good street. And you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case of course, you’ll head straight out of town. It’s an opener there in the wide open air. Out there, things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you. And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.

Oh the places you’ll go! You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to great heights. You won’t lag behind because you’ll have the speed. You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead. Wherever you’ll fly, you’ll be the best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest, except when you don’t because sometimes you won’t.

I’m sorry to say too but sadly it’s true that bang-ups and hang-ups can happen to you too. You can get all hung-up in a prickly perch. And your gang will fly on and you’ll be left in a lurch. You’ll come down from the lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are then that you’ll be in a slump. And when you’re in a slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping your self is not easily done.

Oh the places you’ll go! There’s fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. You’ll get mixed up of course as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that life’s a great balancing act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix-up your right foot with your left; will you succeed? Yes! You will indeed!– 98 and three fourths percent guaranteed.


I know this class will achieve amazing things. All I ask is that you remember me when you become rich and famous. Ok? It’s been an honor to serve as your senior class president, and that’s all folks!


Dr. Rudy Cartwright


 PS: Does the above apply to your life?  Let me know.

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