Saturday, June 16, 2012

you're not special.

by now, most of you have probably seen the following video floating around the internets.
if you haven't, take 12 minutos and check it out.
otherwise, proceed past the video to further discussion.
hey, this is like a choose your own adventure blog.

so, here's my favorite parts:
  • "The Baltimore Orioles do better than weddings."
  • Today's generation is used to instant validation, e.g. "hundreds gasp in delight at your every tweet."
  • "The universe has no center, therefore you cannot be it."
  • Too many people are willing to compromise their standards if it earns them recognition and fame.
  • "Wisdom is the chief element of happiness."
  • "I urge you to do whatever you do for no other reason than that you love it and believe in its importance."
  • "Love everything you love, and everyone you love, with all your might. And do so, please, with a sense of urgency."
  • Carpe the heck out of the diem.
  • "Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you."
  • "Selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself."

i could probably elaborate for ages about many of the above, but i will resist on the moral grounds that a blog should not be
10 pages long.

i will point out that the Baltimore Orioles joke was huh-larious and i didn't hear nearly enough laughter from the audience. 
what, no baseball fans in the crowd?

what about you? your favorites?

viva los orioles,

Katie Hawkes is a freelance blogger for JacksonWhite Attorneys at Law.


Unknown said...

That was AWESOME. How did that man get so smart?

Elisabeth Gee said...

I REALLY love this. Especially where he talks about doing stuff because you want to, not because you want people to see you do it or to check it off your list. Very inspiring.

Nic said...

"Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you."

These lines are my favourites because I really do believe that you should do what is right for yourself in life, not because of how it will be perceived by others. If you want to volunteer, do it because you want to volunteer, not because you think you should. If you want to become a doctor or engineer, fantastic, go for it. But do it because that's what you want, not because those are the graduate jobs that are most respected. It isn't up to everyone else to decide what's worthwhile, that's a decision only you have the right to make for yourself.

Of course, anyone chasing any dream needs to keep a sense of reality, so some of the speech could be said to be idealistic. But to be perfectly honest, any inspirational advice tends to be idealistic. That doesn't mean that there's no merit in it, nothing to be taken away.