A commencement speech by Jon Lovett, Barack Obama’s speechwriter and a stand-up comedian. Most people who saw this video immediately thought two things: 1) I wish I’d heard this when I graduated; 2) Pitzer College?
Keeping in the spirit of my ‘get moving’ phase, here’s the awesome ‘Evolution of Mom Dancing’ by Jimmy Fallon and Michelle Obama. For the record, I love Fallon. And FLOTUS.
Ben Affleck: “I want our daughters to break boundaries.” Hey, @benaffleck and I have something in common!
— Sophia Goh (@sophiagoh) February 4, 2013
I’m not kidding – I really do hope my kid grows up to do great things one day. For a long time, I’ve thought that if I have a boy, I want him to become a good man, and if I have a girl, I want her to change the world.
It’s very unfair, I know, but I really think it’s so hard to raise good men these days. I don’t think it’s that much easier with girls, but I guess it’s a reflection of what I feel the world needs today.
The world needs good men because there are so few of them. And we need good women who will change the world because it’s time they stepped up and into the spotlight (even more).
I hope my daughter grows up to be kind, compassionate, beautiful and intelligent, and then I hope that in her own way, big or little, she will one day change the world. And I really, really hope I don’t screw it up. No pressure.
My love for PS22 Chorus has a lot to do with good music, but even more to do with passion (from them) and hope (for me). The way the kids move and sing, the way their voices come together – it always moves me.
Chorus director Gregg “Mr. B” Breinberg inspires me to want to make a difference in my own little circle because he is proof that, with talent, hard work and dedication, I can. That’s the “what” of it. The “how” I have yet to figure out.
I love how these kids are getting the opportunity and mentoring of a lifetime with Mr. B, and I can only hope and pray that my kid should be so lucky to find her own versions of “PS22” as she grows up.