High school has ended for almost 400 Shelton students who will now begin their trek out into the world and life. Next comes college, military service or work. As is tradition for the local newspaper, we offer this year\u2019s graduates \u2014 the class of 2013 \u2014 some words of wisdom, thoughts to ponder, and mistakes to try to avoid. On mistakes Poor choices or actions may turn into mistakes, but these can be learning experiences, too. Don\u2019t focus overly much on them. Just make a mental note to avoid the same mistake tomorrow. You are going to grow as much from your mistakes as you do from your accomplishments. Ringing up credit card debt beyond your ability to pay is clearly a mistake that can prove a painful lesson. Avoid that one. Thoughts to ponder There are many different kinds of cheese in the world, and some people haven\u2019t tried more than Land O\u2019Lakes white from the deli counter. There\u2019 s blue cheese, some aged more than others; there\u2019s Dubliner, a delicious Irish cheese; Old Croc, a fine cheddar; brie that goes great melted on a toasted baguette; and there\u2019s goat cheese when served with sliced beets is nothing less than divine. Don\u2019t forget to sample life\u2019s various cheeses. Life passes quickly, and seems to speed up as we age. Soon, time will start flying by more quickly than it did in high school English class when you were wading through Shakespeare or The Odyssey. So remember to value the time at hand. Realize, too, that Shakespeare and other art forms endured in high school sometimes become more appealing with age. Words of wisdom The old ones are timeless, and they can often be heard spilling from the mouths of parents and grandparents: If you don\u2019t have anything nice to say, hold your tongue. Do your best and if that falls short, well, you did your best. Praise yourself for that. Always have a goal. The region has a fair number of residents who celebrated their 100th birthdays in the past few years. Their tips are amazingly similar. They attribute long life to happiness, and suggest people need to learn to be happy with what they have, and to not dwell on the things they want. There are some modern-day words of wisdom that will not have come from the older generation but that are equally important: Stay on top of advances in technology, especially where communication is concerned. Don\u2019t make light of the importance of social media and the need to understand its role in the future. Don\u2019t be afraid of technological advances; don\u2019t let yourself fall behind them. Typing and keyboarding today are yesterday\u2019s hand-writing. You may not need to have perfect cursive, but you should be an adequate typist. Use social media to stay in touch with family and friends. Even a word here and there prevents old friendships and relationships from disappearing completely. Read the newspaper. Follow local, state and world news. Stay in touch with the world, as the world is getting smaller. Actions and trends that start far away are in many ways taking place in your own back yard.