You’ve probably heard about this speech somewhere lately.
It was on my radar, but I hadn’t taken the time to try to find and read it. Thankfully today it found its way to me through an old friend who shared a link to it on Facebook, which showed up in my news feed.
It was just what I needed to read today.
These words mean more to me now as a thirtysomething wife and mother, then they probably would have or could have if I had heard them on my high school graduation day.
I am having a rough day emotionally, for many reasons, and seeing my friend’s suggestion to read something with this title, I felt hesitant to interrupt my pity party, but am so glad that I did.
There were so many powerful parts of David McCullough Jr.’s commencement speech for me, but this was my favorite part:
Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view.
Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.
Go to Paris to be in Paris, not to cross it off your list and congratulate yourself for being worldly.
Exercise free will and creative, independent thought not for the satisfactions they will bring you, but for the good they will do others, the rest of the 6.8 billion–and those who will follow them.
And then you too will discover the great and curious truth of the human experience is that selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself.
If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you take a few minutes in the near future to read why David McCullogh Jr. thinks “(we) aren’t special.”
I believe that it will be worth your time and hope that it speaks to you, wherever you are at in your life right now, the way it did to me.
It definitely helped me to step outside of myself and get some much needed perspective today.