During the University of Nebraska’s virtual graduation, there were clips from the typical litany of well-wishers from the many constituent groups: deans, alumni, trustees, etc. They were all decked out in their Big Red attire and shared the standard greetings and best wishes to the graduates, and they all blurred together in their sameness – except for one.

Graduate Dean Tim Carr toasted the graduates wearing shorts while sitting in a lawn chair in the snow. “In our grit, our glory,” he said, concluding with “SNOW Big Red” (instead of everyone else’s Go Big Red.) I think he is the only message that may be remembered by the graduates.

There is so much pressure to conform – in what we wear, what we say, and even how we think. As you start this new year, take a lesson from Dean Carr and be yourself. You embracing you is the best thing that can happen in 2021.

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