Monday, May 28, 2012

Plans Are for Wusses

"Let life surprise you. Don't have a plan; plans are for wusses. You know if my life went according to my plan, I would never have the life I have today...Don't deprive yourself of the exciting journey your life can be when you relinquish the need to have goals and a blueprint...You know that when you feel sick to your stomach, it's a good thing. It signals opportunity for big growth ahead; something's coming, something good. So don't ignore the nausea, step up to it..." Jane Lynch, 2012 Smith College commencement

"People, who want the best for you, want you to be your best. So my greatest advice to you is to surround yourself with people who are going to fill your cup until your cup runneth over. So, when people say you're full of yourself, you can say, "Yeeeeah"...once your cup runneth over, you can not spend your life with your gallon-sized offerings offering them to pint-sized people. You have got to surround yourself with gallon-sized people who can hang in the same company with you so that you're not offering your gallons to those little pints out there, who can't hold it anyway." Oprah, 2012 Spelman College commencement speech

"For me, the most important thing in life is to live your life with integrity and not to give in to peer pressure to try to be something you're not; to live your life as an honest and compassionate person, to contribute in some way...follow your passion, stay true to yourself, never follow someone else's path-- unless you're in the woods and you're lost and you see a path, then, by all means, you should follow that. Don't give advice; it'll come back and bite you in the ass. Don't take anyone's advice. So my advice to you is, be true to yourself and everything will be fine...some of the most devastating things that happen to you will teach you the most...Life is like one big Mardi Gras but, instead of showing your boobs, show people your brain. And, if they like what they see, you'll have more beads than you'll know what to do with..." Ellen DeGeneres, 2009 Tulane commencement speech

As you can see, I've recently watched a few commencement speeches given by today's prolific women. Just soakin' in the inspiration.

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