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Good afternoon, graduates, dead poets, painters, future Einsteins, and all those in between.

Today I’m here to warn you that you are being lied to. Our parents, our teachers, our doctors have lied to us. And it’s the exact same lie. The same six words, “Everything is going to be okay.” But what if it isn’t? What if some of human experience is just something you inherit, like curly hair or blue eyes? What if pain is just in your DNA and tragedy is your birthright? Or what if sometimes right out of the blue when you least expect it shit just hapens? Shit just happens. Okay, I’m sure, right now you’re all thinking, “Man, this is the darkest graduation speech I’ve ever heard.” And it is. I agree with you. But I didn’t write it. I’ve spent so much time waiting for this lie to come true, that I finally paid someone to tell the truth for me.I am not okay. Not at all. The truth is I’m missing something, the thing I loved the most. The face I wish I were in the front row right now. The ONE I’ll never get back. So what do I do with that? What do any of us do, besides lie? This is what I believe. Right now, in this auditorium, there is someone who is with you. Someone who is willing to pick you up, dust you off, kiss you, forgive you, put up with you, wait for you, carry you, LOVE you.
So while everything may not always be OKAY, one thing I know is true. You do not have to be ALONE.

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