“Eat something green every day. Do not pick your nose in public. When someone who cares about you hugs you, hug them back.”
These are just a few of the wise words that were offered up by Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock to the graduating class of the Warren Easton Charter High School on May 19 in a surprise commencement speech.
Sandra became a patron of the New Orleans school after it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to restore the campus and put scholarship programs in place for its students.
The 49-year-old mom, who adopted her four-year-old son, Louis, from Louisiana’s largest city, said she had felt especially compelled to help out.
So on graduation day this year, the charitable actress blindsided the graduates by stepping onstage to deliver a funny yet poignant address about life and love.
“You know at Warren Easton, you are loved and appreciated and supported for what you have to offer,” she said. “I was trying to remember my graduation and, oddly, I couldn’t remember anything. I remembered how good I looked and then I went back and looked at pictures and I really didn’t look so good.”
Talking about her son and the lessons she’s learned from being a mother she said: “Stop worrying so much. I don’t remember any of the moments in my life where I worried. Raise the bar higher. Nothing is a failure if it’s just not supposed to work out.”
She added: “And last but not least go find your joy. It’s what you’re going to remember in the end. It’s not the worry, it’s not the what-ifs. It’s the joy that stays with you. And I want to thank you for the joy that Warren Easton brings me every day.”
Watch Sandra’s address below.
Video from USA Today