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the future is safe

1 minute read
by Alex Hillman

Just a quick thought from my attendance of my sister’s high school graduation tonight. Before I go any further, I’ll send out a congrats to my sister, since I’m very proud of her surviving the shithole of a hometown I grew up in, coming out normal, and moreover, taking the plunge and moving away to DC to go to American University. Way to go Leah!

The salutatorian’s speech spoke about how she was rejected from a bunch of the schools that she had applied to. I’ll skip past the fact that someone 2nd in their class was able to be rejected from multiple universities..because that’s not the good part. The good part is the fact that she was able to spin her rejection in a way that will get her very far in life.

This girl was able to, as Chris and Tara say, “Embrace the Chaos”. She was able to describe the freedom she felt by realizing that for the first time in her life, she didn’t know. For the first time in her life, the supposedly pre-ordained future was tossed to the wind and rather than seeing the single closed door in front of her, she looked around at other opportunities that she prior hadn’t even realized existed.

I almost silently hope that this girl realizes that college is not the place for someone like her, does something incredible with her life.

[tags]graduation, embrace chaos, citizen agency[/tags]

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Alex Hillman I am always thinking about the intersection of people, relationships, trust and business. I founded Indy Hall in 2006, making us one of oldest fully independent coworking communities in the world. This site is packed with the lessons and examples I’ve learned along the way. You can find me on Twitter, too! 🐦 Say hi.