Legendary actress and English goddess Dame Helen Mirren gave Tulane University’s commencement speech Saturday, and it was filled with greatness. We should totally be used to Mirren delivering the most encouraging words of wisdom by now, but we’re so not. Just one whiff of her glorious lecture, and you’re sure to have everything you need to get through these trying times.
Mirren hit the graduating class with a few passages that we already hold near and dear, but needed a firm reminder of. And even addressed America’s current state of, depressing, politics. All of which made for a great moment of reassurance and self-reflection.
Grab those tissues, because Dame Helen Mirren’s speech is one for the books.
According to Tulane’s official Twitter page, the actress referred to them as “Helen’s Top 5 rules for a happy life.” And, we’re all ears.
The award-winning actress appropriately started with the most important one of them all…
Ain’t that the truth.
She followed it up with this awesome pro tip
Tulane’s Twitter points out that the esteemed actor made two addendum’s to that rule. First being, “no matter what sex you are, or race, be a feminist.” And secondly, “never again allow a group of old, grumpy, rich white men define the health care of a country that is 50.8% women & 37% other races.”
We couldn’t have said it any better.
No worries if you find yourself on the verge of tears, right now. We’re totally feeling her positive vibes, too.
She later added, “And if you are that person lurking on the Internet — STOP IT, just stop it, go outside and DO something.”
She followed this gem up with another doozy, saying:
“Now, mind you, sometimes it’s wise to be afraid, like when you are about to take a dive into a pool with not enough water in it,” the legend then continued. “Or drive a car drunk. In moments like those — be afraid, be very afraid and absolutely don’t do it.”
But when fear is warranted, Mirren advises to keep on swimming in spite, saying: “throw caution to the wind, look fear straight in its face & barge forward.”
And last, but certainly not least…
She just delivered the pep talk of the century, and we’re forever grateful.