New beginnings are scary because we are so uncertain of what might happen and how unpredictable the future may be. The bottom line is - we are scared of failure. The online dictionary definition of failure is the nonperformance of something due, required, or expected. We are scared of letting other people down but most of all we are scared of letting ourselves and our aspirations down. However, as we all know, the future will become the present and we as human beings will get through any storm and what we saw as failures we see them as experiences or lessons. We fail all the time but failure makes us stronger and it is what we do with those failures that can make us succeed or plunge into despair. We have made it this far and as long as you find happiness in your own way, you have already succeeded.
Though I wish J.K. Rowling, the author of one of my favorite pastime books, were at my graduation for our commencement speech, her speech at Harvard University still resonates in my heart. I hope this inspires everyone that there is always a brighter tomorrow if you make it to be.
J.K. Rowling Commencement Speech
"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."
- Albert Schweitzer