A very special friend sent me an unusual commencement speech today. It knocked me off my feet. A savagely and brilliantly written jewel. I’d like to share the masterpiece, but before I do, I’ll tell you about my keys.
A few hours ago, I was fighting for three lives Day Six. After we survived, we got back to my apartment, and there it was, another stone in the shoe: my keys were missing. The heat was up, I was sweating and the dogs were already savouring their water. The one that was in their bowl. Inside the apartment. From which I’ve lost the keys.
Damn it. While we walked back to the “fight or flight” performance spot to search for the keys, I thought about the commencement speech and my options.
—What if I don’t find the keys? / If I don’t find the keys, I’ll call the locksmith. / Yea, with your phone, the one that’s locked up in your apartment. / Shit. I’ll ask for a phone and call a friend to help me out. / Ha. Do you know any telephone number by heart? / Shit. Okay then, I’ll knock on my neighbors door and he’ll help me out. / I don’t think so, his parking space is empty. / Shit. Then we’ll wait for a neighbor to arrive. / Good luck with the heat and the dehydration.
We searched for the keys for around fifteen minutes, I was sweating like hell and the dogs wouldn’t stop panting. When I was about to give up, I saw the beautiful UK flag keychain with my beloved keys! We hurried back home. The air conditioning embraced us like never before and all I could feel was gratitude.
So here it is, the best commencement speech I’ve ever read…
“From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice. I hope that you will suffer betrayal because that will teach you the importance of loyalty. Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time so that you don’t take friends for granted. I wish you bad luck, again, from time to time so that you will be conscious of the role of chance in life and understand that your success is not completely deserved and that the failure of others is not completely deserved either. And when you lose, as you will from time to time, I hope every now and then, your opponent will gloat over your failure. It is a way for you to understand the importance of sportsmanship. I hope you’ll be ignored so you know the importance of listening to others, and I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion. Whether I wish these things or not, they’re going to happen. And whether you benefit from them or not will depend upon your ability to see the message in your misfortunes.”