Curiosity is one of the most powerful forces of nature. It can take you places no one’s ever been, and let you do things no one’s ever done. Will that make you weird? Or different? Who cares if it does? Every single one of us is different. No one on this planet is just like you. Being different is what makes you special. So find what you love. Learn everything you can about it. And share the best parts with anyone who will listen. You never know who you’ll inspire.
When I was your age, a writing teacher told me that everything funny is a little sad, and everything sad is a little bit funny. For some reason this keeps coming back to me as I think about your graduation. Maybe every joy carries a bit of regret.
~ Kristin van Ogtrop, “A Letter of Apology to a Son Graduating from College”, Time (April 24, 2017)