Inspiration is a stimulating feeling that we seek to motivate us, to continue pressing forward through hardships and to find meaning amidst chaos. What inspires us is sometimes found in the rarest of forms. It is sometimes in plain sight. It is often stumbled upon without intention, and it is sometimes graciously handed to us in the form of wise words, spoken by experienced and influential minds.
For those who are feeling aimlessly lost in the journey to find themselves, those who are feeling stuck under the darkest clouds waiting for a ray of sunshine and those who simply need a dose of encouragement, heed these words of wisdom.
From some of the most gifted minds to the greatest influencers of our generation; from currently eminent leaders to those illustrious leaders who made a difference and left us too soon, here are some of the most inspirational speeches of our time in chronological order.
Baz Luhrmann: ‘Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen),’ 1999
Baz Luhrmann is a native of Australia and best known as a filmmaker, but when he debuted the spoken word single, ‘Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen),’ in the spring of 1999, he inspired all who listened. The song was originally written by Mary Schmich, who delivered an abundance of advice based upon his own life’s experience in a 1997 issue of the Chicago Tribune.
Luhrmann opens and closes the song by noting the importance and benefits of wearing sunscreen, and in between, takes five minutes of your day to express the best life lessons you might ever soak up.
“Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum.” – Mary Schmich