If you were asked by your former school to share your life experience by delivering the commencement speech at this year’s graduation ceremony. What would you say? Well, back in the day (1999), Mary Schmich decided to imagine she was asked to do so and the results ended up on the top of the music charts in UK.

The first time I saw this video I was too young plus I didn’t even speak English. It wasn’t until 10 years later that a friend of mine asked me if I knew about it. Impressed by my negative answer, he rushed to youtube to show it to me. I’m a person who likes to live in the past, constantly reminiscing about memories. I enjoy being nostalgic from time to time because it allows me to connect with myself. I think that’s why I felt so inspired by this video.

Back in 1999, Baz Luhrmann’s single – “Everybody’s free to wear sunscreen” hit the screens of the world through MTV. After a huge confusion regarding the origin of the lyrics, it was revealed that the text was written by journalist Mary Schimch for her column at the Chicago Tribune in June 1997. She was inspired by the idea of, what would she share if she was asked to deliver a commencement speech.

We all have a story to tell. We all have something to share, something life advice that we had to learn the hard way. Thinking about this can be quite frustrating at first. You may think that you have nothing to say and close yourself up. Maybe you feel that you don’t have the public speaking skills or exciting life that somebody needs to have in order to share something valuable.

The reason why I chose to bring this video back from the past is because of its uplifting and motivating message. Simple, clear advice for life. We sometimes get a bit too carried away by our hectic lives, let’s try to get back on track by making the most out our time. We might as well since it will pass by anyway. Let’s start the week properly, it’s Monday.


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Picture: Sidi-Omar Alami

I want you to maybe take 1 to 2 mins. Think about the things that you wish somebody would have told you as you were growing up. Think about the old perceptions you had about how life would be at your age. Now make sure to share in the comments below what would be the main message you would share in your speech?

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