My son was invited by his school to deliver an inspirational message to the graduating students of the CASA Department. These are the students who will be entering Grade 1.
At first, my 12-year old son declined the invitation. He told the principal that he has a stage fright. This mother got a call from my boy’s class adviser and was asked if I could convince my son to give an inspirational talk.
After a few convincing pieces, my son finally said yes. I asked him to draft his speech. I read it and I am positive, he is the right choice for the task.
Allow me to share with you my son’s inspirational message to the CASA students of his school.
The inspirational message
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
Beloved director, principal and members of the faculty, proud parents, and above all, the graduates, good morning. And my congratulations.
What do I mean with what I have just said a while ago? That was a quote from John Lennon. Anyone familiar with him? He was one of the Beatles members and my mother’s favorite band.
What do you want to be when you grow up
I grew up reading that quote on our family freedom wall almost everyday. You see, we have a wall in our house wherein we could write, doodle, or just pin anything we would love to say and express. My mom printed that quote and pinned it on our freedom wall.
What am I driving at?
I am positive that most of you were asked by your teachers “what do you want to be when you grow up?” As others would say “I want to be a doctor,” others would surely answer, “I want to be a teacher.”
Now, John Lennon was asked the same question. And he answered, he wanted to be happy. The teacher said John Lennon didn’t understand the question. But John, being free-spirited, answered back that it was the teacher who didn’t understand life.
I was once a Casa student. And I was asked the same question. I told my teacher, I wanted to be a Fireman. Now, I would want to be a lawyer. How can we connect that to John Lennon’s happiness?
Remember little misters and misses, at your age, the best thing you need to do is choose activities that make you feel better. If you feel answering to be a doctor when you grow up makes you happy, then say I want to be a doctor. Same with if you want to eat, sleep or draw, do so because it will give you happiness.
Happiness is a choice. Just like being a fireman or being a lawyer. You can choose to be happy. There may be problems along the way, but it is your choice whether you let it affect you or not.
So fellow KMS graduates – yes, I will also graduate like you but from elementary – in everything you do, make sure that you are at your happiest because surely you will enjoy and success will follow. Because when you are happy, you will surely give your best. It is also when you are happy that you give more because it gives you happiness.
The purpose of our life is to be happy. Do not complicate things. If you do not know what to opt to do, choose happiness and you will never go wrong.
So let us all be merry. That after all those assignments and waking up early, we are all marching one step higher to achieving what we would want to be when we grow up.
Thank you and once again, congratulations.