Everyone knows Jim Carrey as the funny actor and comedian. And he is all that. But he's also a great source for inspirational material. Some time ago, I found a video of a commencement speech he gave in 2014. In it, he's definitely funny. But he's also insightful, motivational, and thought provoking.
The entire video runs for almost thirty minutes, so I've picked out the five quotes that resonated with me the most when thinking about life and happiness. Here they are, not necessarily in order:
"I used to believe that who I was ended at the edge of my skin, that I had been given this little vehicle called a body from which to experience creation, and though I couldn’t have asked for a sportier model, (laughter) it was after all a loaner and would have to be returned. Then, I learned that everything outside the vehicle was a part of me, too..."
"Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you."
"I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love."
"Fear is going to be a player in your life, but you get to decide how much. You can spend your whole life imagining ghosts, worrying about your pathway to the future, but all there will ever be is what’s happening here, and the decisions we make in this moment, which are based in either love or fear."
"Because ultimately, we’re not the avatars we create. We’re not the pictures on the film stock. We are the light that shines through it."
As great as these quotes are, they really don't do his speech justice when taken out of context. If you can find the 27 minutes to watch the entire video I encourage you to do so. There are some inside-jokes in the beginning for the people in the room that may not make sense to everyone, but stick with it. It gets really good not too far in.
And if you'd rather read the transcript, you can find it here.