I just stumbled upon this video and can I just say despite the almost snarky tone David McCullough uses, there is a lot of truth in this commencement speech. I say this as a parent and as someone who has learned in this journey we call life that while I am a unique being, I am not always special or exceptional and life has taught me that it’s okay. It’s okay to just be and to even be average, sometimes even being mediocre.
There is nothing worse than learning after a lifetime of having smoke blown up your ass that you are a speshul snowflake that frankly you are just one of billions of other snowflakes. My dear old Pops always told me to the best at whatever I chose to do, and while I have applied that in some areas of my life, frankly there are plenty of areas where I give far less than my best thus making me nothing special and it’s more than fine.
Marinate on what David McCullough says in this video, it was geared towards high school graduates but really we can all grab a nugget in this piece.