With my college graduation over with and my feet (somewhat) firmly planted in the real world, I can now come back to Mindful Effervescence and put much more effort into this sweet and inspirational blog.
Although the inevitable inspirational speech at my university’s graduation was enlightening and inspiring, the speech given by Shonda Rhimes for the Dartmouth class of 2014 really hit home for me. For those of you who don’t know, Shonda Rhimes is an extremely talented writer who can be credited with writing the two hit television series, Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Not only are these two of my absolute favorite shows, but Shonda Rhimes is truly a force to be reckoned with. I hardly consider myself a feminist, but she brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “girl power.” Actually, not even just girl power. Human power. These next few quotes hardly cover every key inspirational point of her endearing speech, but they definitely bring inspiration into my life. It is my hope that they bring inspiration and drive into yours too.
“A lot of people dream. And while they are busy dreaming, the really happy people, the really successful people, the really interesting, powerful, engaged people? Are busy doing. The dreamers, they stare at the sky and they make plans and they hope and they think and they talk about it endlessly. And they start a lot of sentences with ‘I want to be’ or ‘I wish.’ ‘I want to be a writer.’ ‘I wish I could travel around the world.”
Shonda–you killed it with this. Honestly, I’m not sure if truer words were ever spoken. As a recent college graduate, now is my time to “do.” It’s not my time to wish, or want, or dream, or “what if” myself into oblivion. It’s time to start doing.
“A hashtag is not helping. #yesallwomen #takebackthenight #notallmen #bringbackourgirls #StopPretendingHashtagsAreTheSameAsDoingSomething”
“Hashtags are very pretty on Twitter. I love them. I will hashtag myself into next week. But a hashtag is not a movement. A hashtag does not make you Dr. King. A hashtag does not change anything. It’s a hashtag. It’s you, sitting on your butt, typing into your computer and then going back to binge-watching your favorite show.”
Once again, Shonda makes me rethink everything. I was one of the millions of women (and men) who used the #yesallwomen and #notallmen hashtags in response to the devastating Santa Barbara shootings, but what did I do about it? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I thought about all the ways I’ve been treated disrespectfully by a man. I thought of ways I could prevent it in the future. No, there have not been very many and I’ve been blessed with having an incredible father and boyfriend for most of my life. But what did I DO in response to my thoughts? While I’ve been dreaming of a world where sexual slavery, rape, racism and disrespect didn’t exist, what have I done to make a difference besides use a hashtag in one of my 1,700 tweets to a mere 400 followers? Absolutely nothing.
From this point forward, I have promised myself that I will begin my journey into the world by doing. Not thinking and not dreaming. I will do everything and anything that crosses my mind, and the only thinking I will do is the thinking back on how I achieved my goals and made my dreams happen.
If you want to view Shonda Rhimes’ incredible speech—here is a link, courtesy of zap2it.