People who actually speak their minds are few and far between. Many people may be thinking good things (or bad things) about you, but few of them will actually tell you what they think of you. Perhaps they are afraid of how it will be perceived. I find someone who isn’t afraid to speak his/her mind to possess a rare and exceptional quality. Honesty can be so refreshing.
I feel sad for those who believe that people cannot change. Or specifically, change for the better. I just wouldn’t ever want to believe that. I believe that people are changing all the time. Every moment we are new. I never stop changing and growing. Nobody is stuck the way that they are. I do believe there are people who will not ever become better people, but it’s not because it’s impossible to do so. People change everyday and sometimes they change for the better. I feel that it is impossible to stay the same. The human race is not a stagnant one.
Butler has uploaded a video of my commencement address to the class of 2013, which one can’t help but notice…is longer than the 12 minutes I so confidently promised. I sort of quit working the last month and did nothing but write this speech, and I couldn’t even get the time right. (I guess I read a lot faster alone in my basement.)
I’d like to thank everyone who’s shared the speech, especially the Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly, Galleycat, and Entertainment Weekly.
If you’d prefer to read the speech, you can do so here.