Sandra Bullock: “It’s the joy that stays with you.”By: Ann Casano - May 21, 2014
Who spoke at your high school graduation? Don’t remember? You would if an A-List Hollywood actress decided to drop in and surprise you.
Oscar winner Sandra Bullock shocked graduates of Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans on Monday and delivered a commencement speech with several golden gems wrapped with hilarious pearls of wisdom.
Remember the poem All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum? Bullock took a similar approach with her speech, instead making her four-year-old son Louis the inspiration. She began the speech by asking, “If you could go back and talk to your younger self, what would you say?”
“I wished someone had said to me what I’ve been spending the last four years telling a little boy, who I love more than anything, who happens to be my son,” Bullock said.
Bullock framed her speech with eight areas of advice for the 2014 graduating class. There was the inspirational: “Raise the bar higher.” There was the hilarious: “Do not pick your nose in public.” There was the humanity: “When someone you care about hugs you, hug them back with both arms.”
However, the most important piece of advice that the Gravity star provided may have seemed the simplest, but is perhaps the most difficult lesson of all, to find joy. “It’s what you’re going to remember in the end. It’s not the worry. It’s not the what-ifs. It’s the joy that stays with you.”
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