Respected Teachers, Seniors and my dear Friends. A warm and hearty welcome to all of you present here! Its a day that comes in a year but brings innumerable emotions along with it. I think all of you would be a little sad, for you will be leaving behind people that shaped your life and a place that is as much a part of your identity as the name you bear .Every beginning has an end. And every end is a new beginning. It’s a relentless cycle seen in every aspect of our lives. A year starts; a year ends, only to give birth to another. As much as I anticipate the start of a new season, I know that fate says it will cease. Most of our life is a series of images. They pass us by like towns on the highway. But sometimes, a moment stuns us as it happens. And we know that this instant is more than a fleeting image. We know that this moment… every part of it… will live on forever .The important thing is not to be bitter over life’s disappointments. Learn to let go of the past, and recognize that every day won’t be sunny.
And when you find yourself lost in the darkness of despair remember, it’s only in the black of night that you see the stars, and those stars lead you back home.“So don’t be afraid to make mistakes, to stumble and fall, because most of the time the greatest rewards come from doing the things that scare you the most. Maybe you’ll get everything you wish for. Maybe you’ll get more than you ever could have imagined. Who knows where life will take you. The road is long and in the end, the journey is the destination. At this watershed moment of the lives of my friends of class 10th, I am reminded the great words by Rabindranath Tagore, ‘where the mind is without fear’.
I wish for you a mental cosmos where you are confident individuals, not scared to do the most uphill tasks. Where you are not cosseted in the four walls of fear, and break the shackles and become real performers, real doers. As we stand here on this beautiful day, my friends we wish for you an attitude of a real performer, one who does not look back but dives into turbulent waters with a crazy stubbornness to swim through and survive the fiercest storms. I wish for you a divine belief, a never-give up attitude and a little piece of arrogance that tells the achievers out there in the world with a loud thud, ‘if you can, why can’t I?’
You are now at a crossroads where you need to take decisions independently. You need fortitude to face the future which often looks bleak and blank. Remember, the future is an extension of today. If life is good today, tomorrow will take care of itself.Those of you who want to outshine others must learn the secret of enthusiasm. The moment you discover this secret, success cannot elude you. Enthusiasm provides a person with a powerful driving force.develop faith in yourself and enthusiasm will bubble up in you.
Lastly, I would like to add, “Make a rule in life never to regret and never look back”. Regret is appalling waste of energy. Indeed, life is what we make it. It is said that “the best people are moulded out of faults, and for the most, become much more the better for being a little bad.” Each mistake can become a prime opportunity for self improvement. May your journey be that of valor and we do not want to say good bye because tomorrow when we stand there to become a part of your world, we would look for those familiar faces, who would draw their hands out and share their experiences with us.