Nothing makes you feel older than seeing your little sister (in-law) get ready to begin her college career. I’m closer to my 10-year high school reunion than she is to her sophomore year. It’s just crazy.

But every single time a loved one or close friend begins the ceremonial preparations for college, we begin to think about our own lives. Our own careers. I love graduation time because it means the internet gets flooded with commencement speeches. Some unbearably awful, and some that everybody should listen to. Best part: you don’t have to wear that stupid cap and gown.

It's about the real value of a real education,which has almost nothing to do with knowledge andeverything to do with simple awareness.

Sophia has been an excellent high school student and she’ll be an even better college kid. But I want to take this opportunity to share one of my favorite commencement speeches. It’s a bit cliché…just not quite as bad as “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.”

It’s easy to forget that life isn’t just sequential. It’s not just high school, college, career, family, death. There are thousands of moments between the milestones, and we need to be reminded to stop and appreciate them (me especially).

“If you’re automatically sure that you know what reality is, and who and what is really important, if you want to operate on your default setting then you – like me – probably won’t consider possibilities that aren’t annoying and miserable. But if you’ve really learned how to think, how to pay attention, then you’ll know you have other options.”

Check out the video below, share it, and congratulate a grad in your life.