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Poehler’s Graduation Speech

Amy Poehler’s graduation speech for Harvard’s Class of 2011 is most definitely one of the best I’ve heard and seen in a long, long time.

Full disclosure?

I cried a bit.

I’m serious, I really did. For most of it, I was laughing, but for a fair portion of it, I laughed and cried. And clapped at the end.

Maybe I’m just having a mushy Saturday, but yes, watch this, listen to how silly and funny it is, and maybe relate a bit to the pearls of advice in there. If you don’t cry, I won’t judge you– I’m just a sissy and a sap sometimes.

You never know what’s around the corner, unless you peek. Hold someone’s hand while you do it. You will feel less scared. You can’t do this alone. Besides, it’s much more fun to succeed and fail with other people– you can blame them when things go wrong.

Take your risks now, as you become older, you become more fearful and less flexible, and I mean that literally. I hurt my knee on the treadmill this week, and it wasn’t even on.

Try to keep your mind open to possibilities and your mouth closed on matters you don’t know about.

Limit your always and your nevers.

Continue to share your heart with people, even if it’s been broken. And don’t try to give me that nerd argument that your heart is a Batman with a limited-edition silver bat-erang and therefore if it stays in its original packing it increases in value.