On Sunday evening, I watched the commencement speech that Neil Gaiman gave at the University of the Arts. I thought it was awesome. I may be a good few years out of varsity but there were so many things in there that I needed to hear. So many things that I wish someone had mentioned to me when I graduated. Like if you honestly feel that you were put here to do something, then you should just go and do it! And how you should imagine what you want to do as a far off mountain and then make choices that move you closer to that mountain. I have always wanted to write. I studied Media and English literature but it's been harder to get where I want to be than I imagined. Sometimes working as a technical writer feels very far off from that ideal but after listening to the speech, I've realised that I am learning valuable lessons about writing every day (like DON'T overwrite)! Anyway, there are two things that I've taken away from that speech: to keep moving towards the mountain and to make good art no matter what! Who knows where that might take me.
Have you watched it? What did you think?