My laptop has been under seige – worms, horses, bugs, etc. My tech-savvy other half is working feverishly to correct the problem.
Until then, enjoy one author’s verison of what her graduation remarks would be were she given the opportunity to give the speech today, knowing what she knows now.
Graduates, and the people who have, until now, been paying your bills . . .
There is no experience so sublime that it cannot be ruined by the presence of small children. Procreate wisely.
Keep a pocket dictionary in your car, and learn a new word at stoplights and train crossings. Your vocabulary betrays more of your education than your diploma, which, after tomorrow, no one will see.
You’re never too old to get braces.
If you want to make new friends, wear a Red Sox T-shirt or ball cap anywhere outside of New England. People will stop you on the street to tell you how much they love your team.
Horses expose their gums to show they’re not a threat to other horses. Dogs expose their bellies. Humans expose their teeth. Smiling is nice, but know that when you do it, you’re unconsciously ceding all power.
Buy one good frying pan, and you can still scramble eggs in it when you’re 80. You do not now, nor will you ever, need a wok.
Never send an e-mail you wouldn’t want your boss to read.
Never send an e-mail you wouldn’t want your spouse to read.
There are no Dwights in real life. But everyone else on The Office is someone you will encounter repeatedly throughout your career. And there are many more Stanleys than Pams.
If, at the end of the day, you’re not hungry, tired, and vaguely sore in multiple places, you’re not living hard enough.
Make a list of the 10 books that most influenced you. Highlight them liberally, and stack them by the side of your bed. If you can’t think of 10 books, turn off the freakin’ TV.
A reliable indicator of a person’s character is the number of times he or she’s been married.
Live by yourself at least once, for at least a couple of months. If you can’t stand your own company, why would you think anyone else could?
Read expiration dates before you leave the grocery store.
When you are 40, you will wish that you had tucked away in a risk-free CD all that money you spent lunching out in your 20s. Is that General Tso’s chicken really that good? For that matter, are you sure it’s chicken?
Visit Graceland at least once, to see what happens to some people when they get too much money.
Honesty is an overrated virtue. In fact, it may not be a virtue at all.
At least every decade, make a personal pilgrimage to some place significant to you: your favorite author’s home, an idol’s grave, the original location of Starbucks.
Eighty percent of “parenting” is merely housework done in the presence of children. If you don’t like messes, don’t have kids, or marry someone with an advanced degree in mopping.
If you feel guilty, you’re doing something wrong. Stop doing that thing, and you won’t feel guilty. Amazing how that conscience thing works.
If you still feel guilty, you’re Catholic. Go to confession.
Never let anyone other than your mother launder your underwear. If your mother no longer provides this service, you really must do this yourself.
Consider, occasionally, the possibility that – regardless of your grades, regardless of your degree, regardless of how smart people tell you that you are – you really have not even the remotest idea of how the universe works.
Consider also the possibility that you will one day figure it out. Until then, eat a lot of salmon, never let anyone photograph you naked, and, unless you aspire to dentures, don’t forget to floss.