Smile of the Week – No One like Dame Helen Mirren
Dame Helen Mirren is a legendary beauty and we’re convinced there’s no one else like her. She proves just how wise and amazing she is as a person when she gave a commencement speech at Tulane University and it was nothing but impressive.
Dame Helen Mirren and the Top 5 Rules for a Happy Life
Here are some important words of advice that Miren shared in her commencement speech at Tulane University:
1. Don’t rush to get married.
“I married Taylor a lot later in my life and it’s worked out great. And always give your partner the freedom and support to achieve their ambitions.”
2. Treat people like people.
“So, remember that every single person, whether they have dominion over your life or not, deserves equal respect and generosity.
No matter what sex you are, or race, be a feminist. In every country and culture that I have visited, from Sweden to Uganda, from Singapore to Mali, it is clear that when women are given respect, and the ability and freedom to pursue their personal dreams and ambitions, life improves for everyone.”
3. Ignore anyone who judges the way you look.
“Especially if he or she is some anonymous creep lurking on the Internet. And if you are that person lurking on the Internet — STOP IT, just stop it, go outside and DO something.”
4. Don’t be afraid of fear.
“Don’t let fear rule you.
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. Or drive a car drunk. In moments like those—be afraid, be very afraid and absolutely don’t do it.”
5. Don’t overcomplicate things.
“You can navigate each day just by following some very practical dos and don’ts. Like don’t put hot cups on waxed wooden surfaces. In fact, don’t ever wax wooden surfaces. Don’t procrastinate. Do say thank you when it is merited. Don’t procrastinate . . . especially in saying thank you when it is merited. Don’t lose your sense of humor. Do confront bullies. Don’t procrastinate.
Do open your heart to love. Don’t confuse sex with love. Love generally lasts longer than two minutes. Don’t smoke tobacco… or chew it. Don’t dive into water if you don’t know how deep it is. And one more thing—don’t procrastinate.
Wait . . . one more, do call your parents at least once a week. Tell them you love them. Then ask for money. Not the other way around.”
Indeed, who better to look to for life advice than the incredible Dame Helen Mirren?