I once asked a friend if she wanted to become a musician. She said you don’t become a musician. You either were or you weren’t. I swear it’s not as pretentious as it sounds. In the context of who she is, this is what she meant: she wasn’t talking about destiny or natural talent; she was talking about being who you wanted to be in the moment. She wasn’t going to fall asleep one night a fast food worker and wake up a musician because there’s not point where a person clearly becomes who they want to be. She’s not waiting for a piece of paper from a college, or a glowing review in local newspaper, or some kind of contract with a some kind of sketchy man to tell her what she already knows.
I think that’s a great thought for graduation. We’re all already who we want to be, because that’s all we can be.