This is full of wonderful wisdom. Better than most graduation speeches. Also wonderfully funny. Jim Carrey’s graduation speech speaks to what’s deeply human about each of us.
Expressing Authentic Self
Enlightening from an actor who until we were able to know more about him, was a Hollywood actor for so long. Two dimensional maybe and someone who we fondly remember in films we’ve seen over and over. He’s changed. Or, he’s just showing his authentic self more and more boldly. Jim Carrey’s graduation speech asks students to act in love, and not out of fear. To choose love, over fear.
“I am here to plant a seed that will inspire you to move forward in life with enthusiastic hearts and a clear sense of wholeness. The question is, will that seed have a chance to take root, or will I be sued by Monsanto and forced to use their seed, which may not be totally “Ayurvedic.”
I used to believe that who I was ended at the edge of my skin, that I had been given this little vehicle called a body from which to experience creation, and though I couldn’t have asked for a sportier model, (laughter) it was after all a loaner and would have to be returned.
Then, I learned that everything outside the vehicle was a part of me, too, and now I drive a convertible. Top down wind in my hair! (laughter)” – Jim Carrey’s graduation speech at Maharishi University School of Management
Opening up to the Possibilities in Life
Jim talks about his father and how he could have been one of the greatest comedians, but he chose a “safe” job that let him go after 12 years, throwing the family into poverty. After that, he realized he wanted to free people from concern. He even created a “Church” to free others from concern. He realized there is no other way to live than to “open the door in your head” and accept whichever way your aspirations and dreams come to fruition. Once you open up to the possibilities, the surprises will be never ending.