"This is what I can learn from you, the very things you must now abandon as you strive for some kind of adult life: how to be foolish and impulsive, and how to dream big and reach far. These are things we forget in time, and now I must look back to remember them. Enjoy this time, because while odds are good your life will eventually gain the stability you might long for, it will never again be the same as now. And as frightened and unhappy and insecure as you feel at this moment, someday, a strange little part of you will miss it.
Finally, a request: Let's keep graduating. All of us. From one thing or another, from a destructive relationship or a negative mindset, from a stage of life or a former career. Let's never take for granted that our lives can change, that we can change, and let's make those changes come from the same place of forward-looking hope and far-reaching optimism that so many real commencement speeches rely upon to motivate their audiences. Let's not be afraid to close a chapter and move forward, no matter where we are in life. Let's never give up on happiness. Ever."