“If you’re kicking yourself for not having accomplished all you should have by now, don’t worry about it. Even without any ‘big’ accomplishments yet to your name, you are enough.”
In this expansion of the 2017 commencement speech she gave at her hometown Langley High, Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, reflects on growing up, pursuing your dreams, and living in the here and now. “Whatever path you choose, whatever career you decide to go after, the important thing is that you keep finding joy in what you’re doing, especially when the joy isn’t finding you.” In her hilarious, relatable voice, Graham reminds us to be curious and compassionate, no matter where life takes us or what we’ve yet to achieve. Grounded and inspiring – and illustrated throughout with drawings by Graham herself – here is a comforting road map to a happy life.
author: Lauren Graham
year of publication: 2018
page count: 64
genre: nonfiction, self help, essays
First, I’d like to admit that I feel like I’m being a bit biased in my rating. I love Lauren Graham. She’s hilarious, a great actress, and was an important part of my life growing up, since I watched an episode of Gilmore Girls every day with my mother. I probably would have rated this 3 stars instead of 4 if it had been written by someone I didn’t love so much.
I can’t say that I was inspired to conquer the world after reading this commencement-speech-turned-self-help-book, and it felt rather repetitive at times, but I’m sure it had more of an impact on the graduates who witnessed the speech.
That being said, the advice was good — especially for me, a notorious worrier. Granted, being told not to worry so much when your entire existence is fueled by worry is pretty counterproductive, because we all know that the day I stop worrying is the day the world ends. The writing is fun, as always. Graham has such a loud sense of humor that somehow still translates fully onto page, and I always look forward to her books.
I think it would make a nice graduation gift, specifically for high school graduates. And, if you love Lauren Graham like I do, $10-15 isn’t too high a price to pay for more of her writing.