I'm almost thirty and I've been weird my whole life. (Hence the name of this blog.) I am well accustomed to people not appreciating the things that make me "special". I wish I could say the same for everyone else on the planet.
Whatever the reason, I absolutely LOVE this graduation speech that's gone viral. I used to try to explain this to my creative writing students, with a lot less eloquence. This man should be given a congressional medal of honor. Then again...maybe Congress needs to hear this too...
Now, of course, we know people are quite special. No two of them are alike. Special talents and gifts abound. What I take away from this is the idea that the world doesn't owe you anything, despite the ways in which you are special. You want money? Go out there and earn it. You want to feel fulfilled creatively? Go make it happen. Have a good idea? Act on it. A good idea is never, repeat NEVER enough. You have to then follow through on that idea. And that sometimes involves hard work.
|"Opportunity is missed by most people because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work."|