Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Wise words

I hope your weekend was filled with sticky popsicles, running through sprinklers, and soaking up every bit of the warm sunshine. We have two weeks of school until summer break, but Memorial Day weekend is always such a welcoming kick-off to the season.

With the school year quickly coming to a close, this time of year can feel a bit crazy, but I also find it to be the most inspirational. As college graduates everywhere walk across the stage to collect their diplomas, a new round of graduation speeches hit the internet.

Abby Wambach's speech has been unofficially declared the commencement speech of the year and I wholeheartedly agree. Her Barnard College speech is exactly what the world needs to hear right now. Whether you're a graduate, a professional soccer player, a career woman, or a mother, she speaks to the importance of our roles and the empowerment of all women. "Claim the success of one woman, as a collective success for all women."

(After watching her speech, I'm anxious to share a related post I've been working on for weeks. It's almost there, so stay tuned).

You can watch Abby Wambach's speech in its entirety here. It's absolutely worth twenty minutes of your time.

J.K. Rowling's 2008 Harvard commencement speech will go down in history as my favorite speech of all time. Her words spoke to me at a time I really needed to hear them and I have carried this quote with me since: "The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive. You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity. Such knowledge is a true gift, for all that it is painfully won, and it has been worth more than any qualification I ever earned."

Do you remember your graduation speaker? I think I was so excited to be there, or maybe I'm just that old, but I don't remember mine. What are your all time favorite graduation speeches?

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