Congratulations to the class of 2023, including medical residents and fellows, as well as college and high school graduates. Today, we celebrate your achievements and mark the beginning of a new chapter in your lives.
In a world that often seems fractured and fragmented, it is easy to become disheartened and feel powerless against the challenges that surround us. You might think that we are too inadequate to make a difference. However, let me assure you, we are all inadequate in our own ways. Every single one of us is imperfect, but it is precisely through our imperfections that we find the strength to effect change.
While it is crucial to recognize our limitations, focusing too heavily on them can lead to anxiety, fear, and a sense of being paralyzed. Instead, let’s shift our focus to our behaviors. Let’s concentrate on the choices we make, the actions we take, and the principles we live by. It is through these intentional efforts that we can learn new skills, forge deeper connections with others, and ultimately find true fulfillment.
As you step out into the world, remember that you have the power to heal the brokenness of our society. Embrace your passions, pursue your dreams, and channel your energy toward making a positive impact. Whether you choose a medical career dedicated to healing, embark on a journey of higher education to broaden minds, or venture into the professional world with fresh perspectives, your unique contributions hold the potential to reshape our world for the better.
It may not always be easy, and challenges will undoubtedly happen along the way. But rest assured, you are not alone. Reach out for support when needed, lean on your loved ones, and draw strength from your fellow graduates who are on a similar path of growth and discovery.
As you go on this new and exciting journey, I extend my heartfelt wishes for success, happiness, and personal fulfillment. Remember, I am here for you, cheering you on every step of the way. Congratulations, Class of 2023!