We ran across this editorial several weeks ago. We liked it when we first published it in the 90’s and we still like it.
Often at graduation, tired platitudes are thrust at the senior class. Refreshing comments are hard to come by, but Mary Schmich wrote the following which was published in the Chicago Tribune. It was written as a graduation speech, but was never given. It should have been. We hope you enjoy her wisdom as much as we did (and still do).
Ladies and gentlemen:
If I could offer only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense the advice now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall how fabulous you really looked at the time. You are not as fat as you imagine.
Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing gum. Real troubles are apt to blind-side you at 4 p.m. on an idle Tuesday.
Do one thing daily that scares you.
Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.
Remember compliments, forget insults.
Keep old love letters. Throw away old bank statements…