Scrolling through Facebook last night I stumbled across a clip from comedian Tim Minchin speaking at a university graduation. He spoke about a number of life lessons which struck me as wonderfully simple and uplifting.
“About exercise, take care of your body, you’re going to need it! Be a teacher, even if you are not a teacher, be a teacher. Rejoice in what you learn and spray it. Define yourself by what you love: be pro stuff, not just anti-stuff. Try to express your passions for stuff you love. Send thank you cards, give standing ovations, and show appreciation. Respect people with less power then you. I’ve made important decisions in life about people based on how they treat the waiting staff. I don’t care if you’re the most powerful cat in the room, I will judge you on how you treat the least powerful. And finally, don’t rush, you don’t need to already know what you are going to do for the rest of your life; don’t panic. Life will sometimes be tough and long and tiring – sometimes happy and sometimes sad. There is only one thing to do, fill your life with learning, having compassion, sharing ideas, running, being enthusiastic, loving, enjoying art, giving; it’s (life) an incredibly exciting thing.”
As I sat in Saturday’s wonderful music concert, I thought about some of Tim Minchin’s messages particularly about being a teacher. Being in education is a great privilege which I have never taken for granted, it’s a truly humbling profession when you get to watch and listen to young people perform with skill and confidence. The girls were amazing and thoroughly deserved our plaudits.