I just listened to this 3 times and each time something different resonates within me. The essay was originally written by Mary Schmich, a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, and published in 1997. As an introduction to the essay Schmich writes that it is the commencement speech she would give if ever invited to speak at a graduation. A year later it was adapted by Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge) in an album titled “Something for Everybody” and samples a song he used in Romeo + Juliet.
(the original animation can be seen HERE. I just liked the above better)
I think my favorite piece of advice is, “don’t worry about the future…the real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind…” oh yea, and of course, “floss.”
HERE is the original essay if you want to follow along. Although I recommend against it as all the google ads detract from the experience.
PS My younger brother just graduated from college and is off to Vietnam for a year to teach English! I wish him all the luck, which he will not need as long as he follows this advice!