As we exist, we dance across the universe. Once our existence comes to an end, each of us transforms into a falling star. Beyond space and time, we create stardust. Together. This stardust portrays the echo of our souls. However, we tend to forget our souls are adorned by us and us only. Why do we choose negativism over positivism? Why do we seem more mechanical than human? Why do we give into hatred?
Should we get lost, we need to seek motivation. We shouldn’t abandon the beauty of dreams nor the importance of self-expression. We shouldn’t neglect the art of carpe diem (or the art of seizing the moment). In this train of thoughts, we’ve gathered some of the most captivating and genuine speeches of all time that will hopefully motivate you:
Benedict Cumberbatch Represents A Letter By Artist Sol LeWitt
Back in 2016, the British actor and producer Benedict Cumberbatch took part in an event organized by Letters Live. He was invited to represent a compelling letter written by the American minimalist artist Sol LeWitt. It was addressed to his close friend Eva Hesse, a German-American sculptor, known for her pioneering work in the field of post minimalism.
In 1965, Eva found herself extremely depressed and full of self-doubts, and told Sol of her frustrating lack of inspiration. His letter is spectacular and sincere, but the triumphant representation of Cumberbatch makes it even more splendid.
“Make your own, your own world. If you fear, make it work for you — draw & paint your fear & anxiety. And stop worrying about big, deep things such as “to decide on a purpose and way of life, a consistent approach to even some impossible end or even an imagined end.” You must practice being stupid, dumb, unthinking, empty. Then you will be able to… DO.”
Jim Carrey On The Power Of Consciousness
Jim Carrey is known for his remarkable acting talent and impressionistic comedian skills. In 2014, he provided
an inspiring and funny commencement speech for MUM’s (Maharishi University of Management’s) graduation class.
In this speech, Carrey encourages the students to think big and stay true to themselves. Because to a large extent, our consciousness is a sculpture fundamentally made of our dreams and interests. According to the actor, we might fail at something we don’t like, so we might as well take a chance at doing what we love.
"What’s yours? How will you serve the world? What do they need that your talent can provide? That’s all you have to figure out. As someone who has done what you are about to go do, I can tell you from experience, the effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is.”
Oprah Winfrey On Failure And Success
In 2013, the media proprietor and talk show host Oprah Winfrey attended Harvard University's 362nd Commencement. Winfrey faced a lot of struggles before earning her immense success in television. Her commencement speech is truly encouraging and candid.
According to the talk show host, all of us should use our energy to lift ourselves up and inspire the people around us. We shouldn’t be afraid to leave our unsubstantial comfort zones. Because true success lies in fulfilling the highest most truthful expression of ourselves as human beings.
“It doesn’t matter how far you might rise, at some point you are bound to stumble… Because if you’re constantly doing what we do, raising the bar. If you’re constantly pushing yourself higher, higher, the law of averages, not to mention The Myth of Icarus, predicts that you will at some point fall. And when you do, I want you to know this, remember this: There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us into another direction.”