by Regin Reyno
For our graduation ceremony in high school, I was tasked to write the lyrics for our class song. Our class motto was, "Press On". So, I made a song with our motto as the title.
I was an officer of our graduating class, and when we had a meeting, discussing on what our class motto would be, I suggested "Press On".
"Press On" was our motto during my elementary graduation. It was special to me because it means grit; just moving on, continuing our journey despite the obstacles on the road.
That’s why my elementary graduation and high school graduation has the same class motto.
I haven't wrote any songs before, or any poems. So, when our English teacher and graduating class sponsor, Mrs. Janet Borommeo, asked me to write, I was hesitant. I didn’t accept the challenge, initially. The whole class and school is going to rely on me to make the song for one of the most important events of the school; the pressure was huge.
But then, I remember what she told me, she said, “I believe in you. I believe in your capability. You can do it.”
Those words inspired me, and after a few days since that conversation, I submitted the lyrics to Joanne Dumenden for her to put music.
Here’s our class song: written in 2000 when I was 16 years old.
lyrics: Regin Reyno
music: Joanne Dumenden
Life is resembling a journey
Through way that is not glossy
We travellers bound to reach our goal
Though roads be jagged or small
Hardships and trials face our way
Different challenges in everyday
There are times when we consider quitting
Coz our journey seem bound to nothing
Let’s press on though our way be filled be mountains of misery
Let’s press on though roads be stormy
Lose no hope and be steadfast
Coz God is there and He’ll never forsake us
And at the end of our marvelous journey
Oh, what joy will it be!
As we sing the song of victory
With Christ as our guide throughout eternity
As we travel on this life’s journey, may we have the grit to press on, especially knowing that God is there to help us along the way.