On May 17th Admiral William H. McRaven delivered commencement address at the University of Texas. Adm. McRaven served as a former commander of seal team 3 and is the ninth commander of U.S special operations command. Dressed in white uniform, Adm. McRaven shined in the spot light and gave a down to earth speech to the class of 2014.
I’m not a UT graduate but I will be a Mountain View graduate. I may never be a Navy Seal warrior but I will have to fight for success in life. I am determined to be able to change somebody’s life. The decisions you make can save generations to come. Life will never be fair and the story about “sugar cookie” the Navy Seal experienced has stuck to me like the sand they rolled around in and had to maintain on them for a day. Just like the negative things we encounter everyday, no matter how much you think things are not fair that’s just the simplicity of life. Because life is not always fair and you just have to learn to live with it.
Navy Seals are the toughest warriors in the world. They are smart and focused and their strength is not measured by their muscles nor their speed but by their mental strength and how they are able to remain calm under pressure. Out of the 150 Seals that started training only 42 were left. You don’t need to be a Navy Seal to change someone’s life but changing the world can be done by anyone. Adm. McRaven shared his experience of learning to make his bed everyday; to anyone that sounds like nothing but in reality it’s probably one of the most important aspects of your day.
“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right. And if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made—that you made—and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better”
Sometimes we live our lives blinded to the small things that matter. From making your bed and completing your first task to accepting that life just is not fair. It takes experience to fully understand all these lessons. When told and advised they are harder to realize but when lived and experienced they are easier to understand. As humans we must learn to live and take steps forwards not back. Advance not only in technology but also in our society and be able to govern ourselves to become a united world. Because if you change one person’s life that person will change someone else’s life until we are all able to help one another. The next time you feel like a sugar cookie just remember the words of Navy Seal commander Admiral William H. McRaven who not only joined the navy seals to become one of the toughest warriors in the world but he learned to accept life for what it is.
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