In a time where approximately 50 percent of college graduates can’t find jobs right out of college, let alone high school, many are unsure of their futures. Let me be certain that I have never been more hopeful for the future, and much of that is due to the education that we have received from Skaneateles. As we look out into Skaneateles Lake that has symbolized our innocence, we must see nothing but opportunity. There are 424 trillion gallons of water in that 16-mile stretch of pristine beauty. Each gallon presents an opportunity. Seize every one that comes your way. If you don’t succeed at first, keep attempting. As Abraham Lincoln said “True success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”
We will all experience challenges in our life that seem insurmountable; however, from conquering these challenges that builds character within each and every single one of us. I and many of you have had the privilege to study Spanish and learn the term that is “ganas.” Ganas is an indomitable will that leads us to see that bright light from a revolving beacon when we are lost at sea and it seems as if all hope is lost. It is ganas that gives us the courage to weather that storm and reach that shoreline. When we reach it, it no longer appears barbaric and treacherous; it is crystalline and inspiring. Ralph Waldo Emerson said that “We need to witness our own limits transgressed, and some life pasturing freely where we never wander.” At times, we must dig deep into the depths of our souls to explore an unfamiliar passage. The sooner we can venture outside the realms of our comfort zone, the sooner we will have lived. It was Mrs. Lauren Wiese that told me that those who possess talent who don’t work are far less likely to succeed than those that possess a willingness to obtain talent through hard work. If you possess that ganas anything is within your grasp.