David Foster Wallace’s Commencement Speech – This is Water

David Foster Wallace‘s 2005 commencement speech to the graduating class at Kenyon College is a timeless trove of wisdom. Prior to passing in 2008, David was a writer and university professor of English and creative writing at Pomona College.

Key Takeaways

  • Be present in life, pay attention, and be aware of your surroundings
  • The exact same experience can mean two totally different things to two different people
  • Although you’re the center of your own universe, the universe doesn’t revolve around you

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