SheKnows rounds up the best quotes from Sandra Bullock’s recent surprise commencement speech in New Orleans.
Graduation day for high school students is a huge deal. Graduation day with a surprise commencement speech from Sandra Bullock is an even bigger deal. On Monday, May 19, the Oscar-winning actress surprised the 2014 graduating senior class of Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans with a heartfelt, funny and profound graduation speech.
After listening to Bullock’s moving speech, SheKnows decided to round up a few of the best quotes from it. Take a look.
Advice she’d give her younger self
Asked what she would say to her younger self, Bullock explained that she’s thought about the concept and realized that it’s the same thing she’s spent the last four years telling her New Orleans-adopted son Louis Bardo. “Stop being scared of the unknown, because anything I worried about didn’t happen. Other stuff happened. The unknown, we can’t do anything about,” she explained.
As for how she and the youngster start their day at home, Sandra says it involves a little bit of music. “The rule is you have to dance a little bit in the morning before you leave the house because it changes the way you walk out in the world,” she told the crowd.
Ignore the non-believers
Bullock has had her share of highs and lows, but the actress told students that you have to ignore those who don’t want you to succeed. “It’s noisy out there and for some reason, people out there want to see you fail, but that’s not your problem. That is their problem,” she said boldly. “I only remember the moments where I tried beyond what I thought I could do, and I do not remember the failures because I didn’t. Nothing is a failure.”
Don’t dig for gold
Comedy isn’t something foreign to Bullock, so you know the star had to find time in her speech to get audiences laughing a little bit with some practical advice. “Do not pick your nose in public,” she said to the laughing crowd. “Think about this. How about we don’t pick it in private, either? How about we just go get a tissue? I know it take a little extra effort, but it gets the job done right away.”