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Column: Whatever comes next, stay inspired

Well graduation is tomorrow. It's taken a long time, but we finally made it. Tomorrow we will hear our peers and other speakers give speeches about our past and future, hoping to inspire us to do good in the world. Then we will all go our different ways just so we can meet up at all the graduation parties again.

I've been to several graduation ceremonies for band, and for my sister, but this is the first time I am the graduate. And I think one thing that all of us need to remember the next day after graduation is to stay inspired because it's so easy to loose that.

I know that during a speech or at a presentation, it's fun to get into it and make plans about how you are going to do things or how you will change, but after you leave, it's easy to forget. But it's your future now. Hopefully you've made plans by now for whatever you are going to do after graduation and are excited to pursue them. But often times the excitement fades and you don't really feel like doing anything and your plans are lost. This is what I don't want to happen to you. Whatever it is you would like to do, go after it because you don't know how it will turn out until you try.

Through my years of high school and even before that, I have found inspiration in music. I'm not sure why, but it keeps me coming back for more. I play French horn and trumpet and to tell you the truth, I can't remember what I was like before I started playing. I learn something new from it every day and I never cease to be amazed by what it can do for me. It's something you can share with others and it's something for yourself. It's also a great way to get to know people on a personal level in little time. It has so many great things to offer a person.

This is why I am going into music after high school. I have found something I feel is worth my time that I would like to continue in and I find inspiration in it. It makes me keep going, even when things are bad. That is what I hope everyone else finds after they walk out of the ceremony tomorrow.

Inspiration is a powerful thing. I think all of us need to remember that the next time you feel like doing nothing. Whether you're young or old, we all need a little extra inspiration to keep us going sometimes. Even if you aren't graduation this year, I hope you have found or will find that something that keeps you going. For me it is music, for you it may be something else.

As for the class of 2010, in the words of Garrison Keillor, "Be well, do good work, and keep in touch."

Annie Kezar is a senior at Farmington High School and was a student columnist for the Independent this year. She offered the following note to readers: To those who have read my column, whether this be the first time or every time, thank you.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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