Last summer, while you were binge-watching episodes of The Office, Mad Men and Pretty Little Liars, your nerdy friend, Larysa Musick (a.k.a. me) was binge-watching commencement speeches and interviews on YouTube.
“Isn’t that boring and sad?” you say, “aren’t you embarrassed that you haven’t watched The Gilmore Girls yet, Larysa?”
No. Well, yes. Maybe. I don’t know. I don’t know what’s hip and cool anymore. I’m about as cool as a baked potato and as hip as a shoulder. But that doesn’t matter.
What matters is you are going to need motivation at some point. And although you may have caring parents, guardians, coaches, friends, teachers, mentors, and/or tutors, they may not have the wisdom on hand to help you in your time of desperation. This is not because they are faulty role models. It’s because they’re human.
You might be having a relationship crisis or a career crisis, and your role model might bestow on you cliches such as “listen to your gut,” or “practice makes perfect.”
And as quaint as these cliches might be, they can fall short of useful.
Over time, as I watched and re-watched these speeches and interviews, I’ve found nuggets of wisdom that go beyond adages.
This may seem grandiose, but I promise you, I’m not exaggerating.
Give these a listen. See what works for you:
- This is Water by David Foster Wallace
- Jim Carrey’s Commencement Address at the 2014 MUM Graduation
- Sarah Kay: What We Build
- Neil Gaiman 2012 Commencement Speech: Make Good Art
- Patti Smith Interview: Advice to the Young
- Marina Abramovic: Advice to the Young
- The Mind – Alan Watts
- The Real You – Alan Watts