“Make a radical change in your lifestyle & begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances & yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, & conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, & hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new & different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security & adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning & its incredible beauty.”— Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild
And now the work begins And now the joy begins Now the years of preparation Of tedious study and Exciting learning are explained.
The jumble of words and Tangle of great and small ideas Begin to take order and This morning you can see A small portion of the large Plan of your futures.
Your hours of application, The hopes of your parents, And the labor of your instructors Have all brought this moment Into your hands.
Today, you are princesses and princes Of the morning. Ladies and Lords of the summer You have shown the most Remarkable of all virtues For today as you sit Wrapped in earned robes, Literally or figuratively, I see you filled with courage. For although you might all Be bright, intellectually astute, You have had to use courage To arrive at this moment. You may be,
As you are often described, Privileged, which of course means Wealthy, or you have been born into an ongoing struggle with need. In either case, you have had to develop An outstanding courage to Invent this moment.
Of all your attributes, youth, Beauty, wit, kindness, mercy, Courage is your greatest Achievement, For you, without it, can practice no other Virtue with consistency.
And now that you have shown That you are capable of manufacturing That most wondrous virtue,
You must be asking yourselves,
What you will do with it. Be assured that question Is in the minds of your Elders, your parents, and strangers Who do not know your names. Your fellow students who Next year, or in the years to come Will sit, robed, and capped Where you sit today, And will ask the question What will you do? There is an African adage
Which fits your situation.
It is, “The trouble for the Thief is not how to steal the Chief’s Bugle, but where to play it.”
Are you prepared to work To make this country, our country More than it is today?
For that is the job to be done. That is the reason you have Worked hard, your sacrifices Of energy and time, The monies of your parents Or of government have been paid So that you can transform your Country and your world.
Look beyond your tasseled caps And you will see injustice. At the end of your fingertips You will find cruelties, Irrational hate, bedrock sorrow And terrifying loneliness. There is your work.
Make a difference Use this degree which you Have earned to increase Virtue in your world.
Your people, all people, Are hoping that you are The ones to do so.
The order is large, The need immense. But you can take heart. For you know that you Have already shown courage. And keep in mind One person, with good purpose, can, constitute the majority. Since life is our most precious gift And since it is given to us to live but once, Let us so live that we will not regret Years of uselessness and inertia
You will be surprised that in time The days of single-minded research And the nights of crippling, cramming Will be forgotten.
You will be surprised that these years of Sleepless nights and months of uneasy Days will be rolled into An altering event called the “Good old days.” And you will not Be able to visit them even with an invitation Since that is so you must face your presence. You are prepared Go out and transform your world
I’ve always wondered what it’s like to have cranberry sauce and honey-baked ham at Thanksgiving dinner. And I don’t think my mother would know what a casserole was if it hit her in the face.
My holiday dinners usually look a little more like this: seafood chow mein, sushi rice, mei fun (rice vermicelli), ba wan, salmon, ai yu lychee drink, mysterious stews, Chinese veggies, jiu cai bing, etc. We even had egg custard tarts and fried sticky rice cake for dessert. SO FOB.
I, of course, in the most helpfully festive manner possible, brought the chips and guac. (In my defense, the store was out of the canned blueberries I use to make my famous blueberry pie. Famous not because it’s amazing — even though it is — but because it’s the one and only thing I am capable of making and making consistently well, and thus I have been bringing it to family parties since the 90s.)
“If I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won’t tell them that are people starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn’t change the fact that they are upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn’t change the fact that you have what you have.”—Stephen Chobsky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower (via julie911) (via quote-book)
•Be more kind than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. • Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important. • A sharp tongue can cut your own throat. • If you want your dreams to come true, you must not oversleep. • The best vitamin for making friends…B1. • The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. • The heaviest thing you can carry is a grudge. • One thing you can give and still keep is your word. • You lie the loudest when you lie to yourself. • If you lack the courage to start, you have already finished. • Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it. • Sometimes we are so caught up in who’s right and who’s wrong that we forget what is right and wrong. • One thing you can’t recycle is wasted time. • Your mind is like a parachute, it functions only when open. • Life is too short to wake up with regrets. • Believe everything happens for a reason. • The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a lifetime! It is never too late to become what you might have been.