Jodie Foster Speaks

Jodie Foster, Actor, Producer, Director

When Jodie Foster gave the commencement speech at the University of Pennsylvania, she said:

“You pick up bits and pieces of treasure and trash, pain and pleasure, passions and disappointments, and you start throwing them in your bag — your big bag of experience.

You do some dumb things that don’t work out at all. You stumble excitedly on little gems that you never saw coming. And you stuff them all in your bag.

You pursue the things you love and believe in. You cast off the images of yourself that don’t fit and suddenly you look back behind you and a pattern emerges.

You look in front of you and the path makes sense.

There is nothing more beautiful than finding your course when you believe you are bobbing aimlessly in the current.

Wouldn’t you know that your path was there all along waiting for you to take the first step?

Your path doesn’t belong to your teachers, your leaders, your lovers. You path is your character defining itself more and more every day, like a photograph coming into focus.”

That Jodie Foster is so clever.

She is absolutely right, isn’t she?

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