I’ve been meaning to get another post out, but couldn’t decide on what to post about right away. But then again, I did mention a graduation post so I do suppose I should start there.
The graduation at Miami was very nice, however, the weather decided to take a turn for the worse. Two days before the ceremony is was warm and nice out, everything was great! And then it rained that night. And if you live in the Midwest, you know what that means. The weather turned over and it got cold. It was mid May and once more in the low 50s!
Well, first of all I have to just say thank you to all of my family that sat through the graduation outside at the football stadium. It was such a fun time being together with everyone, and meant a lot to have you there. Secondly, let me assure you that it was no less cold on the turf field in my graduation gown!
Weather aside, it was a wonderful affair. The speaker was extremely admirable and sent a message that could resonate with everyone. His name is Wil Haygood, he is a writer for the Washington Post and an author, and a fellow graduate of Miami University. Haygood spoke to us about his story of success, though he told it as a story of failure.
As a boy he tried out for his middle school basketball team and didn’t make the cut. In high school he tried out again with the same result. At Miami he tried for the club team, and still he didn’t make it. However, he did play on every one one of those basketball teams. How? He asked for a second chance.
Mr. Haygood went up to each coach after being cut and asked for another chance to try out. All three coaches agreed to let him have another go, and you know what? He ended up being as much a part of those teams as the kids who made it the first time. A second chance, while it seems such a simple thing, can make such a difference.
Again, he was given a second chance when he was about to be fired from his menial job. He asked to write an essay, so he stayed up all night and wrote for his job. Well, the essay didn’t get him his job back, but it did give him the push he needed to follow his passion. His boss (while firing him) told him that he was surely in the wrong profession, and that if that essay was anything to go by, he should be a writer.
Second chances, I believe, are an integral part of human nature because it is something we can all relate to. Hasn’t there been a time in your life that you were cut from a team, declined for that position, missed out on an opportunity, or made a mistake? Think of a time when someone, anyone, gave you another chance because they believed in you. And now, maybe you yourself have given another person a second chance because you were given one, even if you hardly new them.
Shared experiences are a powerful thing. Wil Haygood was a beautiful speaker, and I felt his message deeply as an aspiring writer myself. Yes, I will fail in my writing pursuits. But I hope that somewhere down the line I will be given more than one chance and that I am brave enough to ask for it. It will be a struggle – but then again, it’s the struggle that makes us who we are. So here’s to a hard road ahead of us! To boarding the bus. Let us always have faith in ourselves and others on our journey to succeed.
Congratulations to all fellow 2013 graduates out there. Thank you Miami for a wonderful four years and thank you parents for providing me with the opportunity for those years to happen!
Now then, I think I do happen to have some material in mind for the next post. I know it’s been a year but there are still a few stories and photos to share from my time spent abroad (What? Ridiculous, I know). Thanks for reading, cheers! Until then…
Wil Haygood did the research and wrote the article that inspired this film. Before he spoke we saw the preview for “The Butler”, and I have to share it because it looks amazing: