Thursday, 21 May 2009

Ellen DeGeneres Commencement Speech at Tulane University (2009-05-16)

Hot off the oven... this is Ellen DeGeneres' speech at the commencement ceremony at Tulane University last week.

It's not as philosophical as the "sunscreen" commencement speech, but it sure is funny and sobering at the same time. Sociology students will especially understand the speech about social pressures, conformity and deviance. The message though is simple - stay true to yourself and live your life the way you think it should be. You only live once, so do not let others run your life. Live free and be yourself.

The next time others pressurize you to make a major decision in your life against your wishes, think about how you'd like to be remembered in death. Will you be "the guy who's really easy-going and with the crowd", or "the guy who lived his life to the fullest in the way he deemed fit". I certainly know what I want inscribed on my tombstone.

1 comment:

  1. That was hell of a speech! Hilarious and very inspiring. Stay true to yourself...I like..=)