In two years’ time all of you will be finishing your A-levels.
In three years’ time you’ll be studying across the world,
studying at the university of your choice.
In five years’ time you'll have started your careers.
Many of you will be in this room working for the top institutions across the globe.
You will then get married,
you then may buy a house.
In ten years’ time your life will be set for you.
In fifteen years you'll be 30 and from then on your path,your life will be set.
I know people who graduated at 21 and didn't get a job until they were 27.
I know people who graduated late at 25 and they found work immediately.
I know people who never went to university but found what they loved at 18.
I know people who found a job straight outof college making decent money,
but hate what they do.
I know people who took gap years and found their purpose,
I know people who were so sure about what they were going to do at 16,
they change their mind at 26.
I know people who have children but are single,
and I know people who are married,
but have had to wait 8 to 10 years to have children.
I know people in relationships who love someone else,
I know people who love each other but aren't together.
You may look at some of your friends and think that they're ahead of you,
maybe some of them you feel are behind.
But everything happens at their own pace.
They have their own time and clock and so do you.
Don't let anyone rush you with their timelines.
“Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that's counted truly counts.”