If there is anyone that can set you up for a new chapter in your life, it’s Dr. Seuss. So if you haven’t received one of the most overrated, yet wonderful, graduating gifts “Oh the Places You’ll Go, by Dr. Seuss,” I suggest you get your hands on it. Themes of the power of positivity, wisdom and taking charge of your life are all throughout the book. In fact it is so inspiring, the overall message of this book will  explode into your wildest imaginations and change your life FOREVER… or… maybe not. Just read the book. Do it. You won’t regret it because I can at least tell you that the words written in the style of the famous Cat in the Hat children’s book series have stayed with me ever since reading them.

Our situations and circumstances are constantly changing all the time, and so are we. That is why it is important to learn to stay grounded through these times moving forward into the future. So what are we waiting for, let’s jump into it!

Dear incoming first years if you’re reading this… I’ll start you off with a CONGRATULATIONS on completing high school!! Seriously, congratulations, it might not seem like much but it really is and you should be proud of yourself. Go ahead, give yourself a pat on the back. Do it. Right now. You deserve it!

“Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!”

Every day is a new day, and they all belong to you. You already have everything that you need to succeed so don’t worry. I know it sounds super cheesy, so before you click away… just stick around for a bit longer!

“You have brains in your head.
You have 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.”

Shoutout to Dr. Seuss for knowing just what to say to really stick in your head, am I right? Take a minute and just breathe. If you’re stuck between two options, go with your gut and instinct, because in the end… you know what you know. Be open about new possibilities and experiences, that’s what life is all about. You know how to weigh pros and cons and you have a conscience that enables you each and every day to either go a certain way or avoid it all together. I know it can seem scary at times, but we’re all here going through the same thing! We got each others back.

and when things start to happen

“It’s opener there
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.”

An upside to choosing Laurentian is the amazing outside environment we have. I seriously cannot advocate this enough!!!!! Laurentian is surrounded by the outdoors and is beautiful all year round. Yes, even in the winter. The sunsets are “TO DIE FOR” and there is so much to do. Breathing in fresh air is so important to staying sane… at least for me, but chances are for you too. There is just something about going for a nice walk after dinner, or exploring a new area, that really clears your mind. The outdoors has that effect on you, it just does. So do everything you can to embrace the benefits… because why the heck not??

“Wherever you 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 so
but, sadly, it’s true
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.”

And for all of you Debbie downers out there… there you have it! Of course not every day will be perfect and filled with positivity or new adventures. You will have your good days and you will have your… not-so-good days. But don’t let that stop you from moving forward. Remain calm, proceed with caution, and you will find your way out when things aren’t going your way. Sometimes it takes time, and that’s okay. Just try your best not to get stuck. It is when you get stuck that you lose your momentum and that’s just not acceptable, right? RIGHT! It can be difficult to overcome your sad moments, so until you do, surround yourself with positivity and love. REMINDER: an unsupportive friend, is NOT a friend at all.

You still with me? Keep reading… You can do it. We’re almost done.

I know you’re learning lots, you’ll be so inspired to tell everyone! Or… again, maybe not.

“You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…

…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

…NO!
That’s not for you!”

The waiting place

Ah, the famous waiting place. You know, that place where you kind of just… wait… and wait… instead of making your own destiny, you just… wait? Yeah that place. Like Dr. Seuss said, that’s not for you! Instead of waiting around for some kind of epiphany to turn your life around, take control and do it yourself. Otherwise, you’re just proactively choosing to remain stuck, and that’s just no good. Because remember, you know what you know, deep down you have the answers and you have the strength to move forward, so stop waiting around and take control of your own life!

“Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don’t.
Because, sometimes, they won’t.

I’m afraid that some times
you’ll play lonely games too.
Games you can’t win
’cause you’ll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you’ll be quite a lot.

But on you will go

On and on you will hike
and I know you’ll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.”

Unfortunately, people won’t always be focusing on you. They have their own lives too. But that’s okay, because being alone can be fun and you can still find lots to do. Or not. Take up a hobby, or just lay in bed and binge watch Netflix. Go for a walk. Read a book. Yadda yadda yadda… whatever it is that you do when it’s just you… do it! And enjoy it. Embrace your alone time, because there will be times when you’re wishing that you took advantage of it when you could.

Get on your way

And there you have it… lots of great things to take away from this book as stated from the beginning. If you’re still with me, thanks for sticking around and I hope you enjoyed this blog. I hope I was able to do something for you whether that is introduce you to a new book, inspire you to take control, or take up your time while you were waiting for your food to cook or commercial to end!

Last words I have is that whoever you are, and wherever you are… just remember that you are who you are and that’s not going to change. No one can take that away from you. So s e i z e every opportunity you have and don’t look back. Trust your instincts and surround yourself with positivity. Have a good day!

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