That’s what Sandra Bullock told students during an incredibly moving surprise commencement speech at Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans on Monday (May 19).
The actress — who was tasked with talking about what she would tell her younger self —
encouraged students to stop being scared of the unknown and raise the bar higher.
“The unknown we can’t do anything about,” said Bullock, who was honored at the 2013 People’s Choice as Favorite Humanitarian for her work with the school. “I don’t remember any of the times in my life where I worried. So, that’s a lot of time I couldn’t get back.”
That’s not the only bit of wisdom the Gravity star imparted. Bullock, who said she wanted to give students the same advice she shares with her four-year-old son, also stressed the importance of eating healthy and, of course, not picking your nose in public.
Wise words from a superstar. Watch it:
Raise the bar higher. It is noisy out there and for some reason, people want to see you fail. That’s not your problem, that is their problem. I only remember the moments where I tried beyond what I thought I could do and I do not remember the failures because I didn’t … Go find your joy. It’s what you’re going to remember in the end. It’s not the worry, it’s not the what-ifs. It’s the joy that stays with you.
Entertainment Weekly – Sandra Bullock didn’t win 2014?s Best Actress Oscar – but she did win this year’s “Decade of Hotness” Award.
Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, and Charlize Theron are a few of the other actresses Spike TV has honored with its equivalent of a Lifetime Achievement prize at its annual Guys Choice Awards. Other awards handed out at the event include “Our New Girlfriend” (Chrissy Teigan was last year’s) and “Most Manticipated Movie” (Man of Steel snagged that one in 2013).
Bullock won an Academy Award in 2010 for her work in The Blind Side and was nominated this year for her role as a stranded astronaut in Gravity. (Honors that barely matter next to this one, to be sure.) The Guys Choice Awards air June 11 at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV.