To the graduating class of 2010: We do not envy you.
The effects of the Great Recession will continue for years, despite the tepid indications that a recovery is imminent. As you've seen, all it takes is a disastrous underwater oil leak, a crapshoot trillion-dollar rescue plan for Europe, the belligerent act of a communist Korean nation or one iffy Wall Street report to push the economy back down the sand hill.
But rather than despair in the events you can't control, may we suggest you focus on those you can. It may not seem like it, with summer here and IKEA configurations for those college apartments in full swing, but politics reigns supreme — there is no break.