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Pep Talks & Picker-Uppers

14 Dec

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, 2009, my undergraduate college career came to an end. I graduated from Michigan State University and at my commencements, the senior class speaker gave a speech about what it means to commence; to begin.

Another chapter of my life is about to begin and to be frank, I have no idea where it’s going to take me. I do not have a job lined up yet and a lot of wonderful things and people in my life are leaving soon. I have a very unstable footing right now in life and I find myself getting extremely down quite often. My roommate and best friend does all that she can to say the right things and find ways to make me smile and last night, she gave me a small graduation gift that means the world to me.

I don’t know where she found it, but she gave me a book called “Pep Talks & Picker-Uppers” that is full of one liners and short stories for almost every upsetting occasion in life. The book covers the issues of Life Dreams, The Daily Grind, Financial Straits, Romantic Woes, Family Matters and Self-Esteem. It has lines in it that will make you smile or laugh, and others that will really make you think. If you know someone who needs a ‘pep talk’ or you yourself need one every once in a while, I strongly recommend this book.

Here’s a little something from page 29: “As Drew Carey says, ‘Oh, you hate your job? Why didn’t you say so? There’s a support group for that. It’s called everybody, and they meet at the bar.'”

Silly, but I know you at least just cracked a smile. Life is scary and uncertain right now for me but this book just saved me from a few more self-pity episodes.

On the topic of graduation, I want to thank everyone for all of their well wishes and congratulations. I have made the most amazing friends during my time at Michigan State and I cannot wait to see what they will do with their lives. My graduation weekend was one of the best times of my life and I want to thank everyone who has been a part of my life up to this point. I would not be here without you. And on that note, I will leave you with one more line from my new favorite book.

It could be worse.