when all else fails, you always have delusion

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the other day i read conan o’brien’s speech at the Harvard commencement ceremony {yes, i’m giving Harvard the honor of caps on this blog. very few get that, if you’ve noticed}

i loved it. funny and very inspiring.

here are a few lines i liked a lot…

And yet every failure was freeing, and today I’m as nostalgic for the bad as I am for the good. So that’s what I wish for all of you—the bad as well as the good. Fall down. Make a mess. Break something occasionally. Know that your mistakes are your own unique way of getting to where you need to be. And remember that the story is never over.

Needless to say, I took a lot of criticism, some of it deserved, some of it excessive, and, to be honest with you, it hurt like you would not believe. But I’m telling you all this for a reason. I’ve had a lot of success. I’ve had a lot of failure. I’ve looked good. I’ve looked bad. I’ve been praised. And I’ve been criticized. But my mistakes have been necessary. I’ve dwelled on my failures today because, as graduates of Harvard, your biggest liability is your need to succeed, your need to always find yourself on the sweet side of the bell curve. Success is a lot like a bright white tuxedo. You feel terrific when you get it, but then you’re desperately afraid of getting it dirty, of spoiling it

and when all else fails, you always have delusion

he’s a funny guy. here’s his full speech, if you’re looking for a good laugh or some inspiration.

happy eid and happy long weekend!

xoxo

i have such fun things planned this weekend. can’t wait! will post about it soon because i know you want it ;)

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