Actually, it was the messages of “Catch the Wind” — which was appropriate, since this year’s group was the first to ever read the complete story. It’s the lessons learned from the characters:
from Eloywn — anger makes you powerful, which can be intoxicating, but it inevitably leads to pain and suffering.
from Raya — you need wisdom and humility, and respecting your mentors, to turn good intentions into good outcomes
from Jaren & Seraph — reality will never match your big dreams. So be careful that you don’t overlook the good you do because it doesn’t match the perfect ending you envisioned.
from Wit — wisdom is nothing without patience.
from Andelyn & Jasper — you will not be the hero forever.
from Wren — you can find joy even when terrible things happen to you
from Damarion — true goodness is when you persevere, hold to what you believe, even when the entire world is raging against you and tearing apart what you worked so hard to build.
from Elizabeth — it takes great humility and courage to honestly face your own mistakes and turn back to what is right.
from everyone — there is no such thing as Happily Ever After. And yet, despite that, the story of Catch the Wind is one of triumph and hope. We don’t need perfect Happily Ever Afters to experience triumph and joy.