I have heard many wise words from many wise people. Some people were speaking directly to me and while others weren’t directing their words right at me, they still had an impact. My mom, who is also my hero and mentor, has said many things to me over the years, but the one thing that I always think of when I’m making decisions and contemplating the future is that no matter what, I will always love you. Knowing this reminds me that I will always have support. When I was in high school I stumbled across the quote, shoot for the moon, even if you miss you will land among the stars. I honestly don’t remember where I first heard those words, but they are a constant reminder that it doesn’t hurt to try and to always put forth 100%, no matter what it will be worth it. These words helped me accomplish several different milestones, one of which was undergrad.

I learned many things during my undergraduate years, however there’s one conversation I’ll just never forget. I still remember the day that a friend and I were going to the cafeteria. After we passed through the line and the lady had swiped our meal cards she turned to the lady and said thank you. She then turned to me and said, I don’t think people say ‘’thank you’’ enough. I’m going to try and say thank you to people more often. I mean just doing that could make somebody’s day. Like the lady that swipes our meal cards, we should thank her each time she does it. We then talked about how simple things like someone holding the door for you or smiling at you as you pass them can make you feel good inside. After this conversation I started to thank people – any people – that helped me during my daily life. The front desk worker in my dorm, the checkers at the grocery store, and even the bus driver. Giving them my thanks also makes me feel good.

The last quote I’d like to touch on is from a book that I read by the late Randy Pausch, former professor at Carnegie Mellon University. A very close person to me attended CMU and recommended that I read The Last Lecture. Not only did I read it, but I was inspired. Dr. Pausch leaves many insights and words of inspiration in the story he shares, however there’s one that really stuck with me: Never underestimate the importance of having fun. I’m dying and I’m having fun. And I’m going to keep having fun every day, because there’s no other way to play it. This reminds me that we need to have fun and enjoy what we are doing in life, if we aren’t enjoying it, what’s the point?

There’s so many other wise words that I’ve heard from others, however these are the most prominent in my memory. What words have you heard that inspire you? Did the person speak directly to you?

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