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Sandra Bullock Surprises High School Grads With Speech: 'Stop Worrying'

Sandra Bullock (photosSandra Bullock photos) surprised graduates of Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans at their commencement ceremony on Monday.

Bullock told the students not to worry so much, like she did, because "nothing is a failure."

"You know at Warren Easton, you are loved and appreciated and supported for what you have to offer," she said. "I was trying to remember my graduation and, oddly, I couldn't remember anything. I remembered how good I looked and then I went back and looked at pictures and I really didn't look so good."

"I didn't remember anything because I was so worried about the future," she explained. "I wasn't present. Stop worrying so much. Stop being scared of the unknown, because anything I worried about didn't happen. Other stuff happened. The unknown we can't do anything about."

"Raise the bar higher. Nothing is a failure, it's just not supposed to work out that way because something better is supposed to come along."

"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."

As for other advice, Bullock dispensed: "Eat something green every day with every meal. Do not pick your nose in public. How about we just go get a tissue?"

"When someone who cares about you hugs you, hug them back. If someone doesn't want to play with you, it's OK. Not everybody is going to love us."

"And last but not least 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.

The 49-year-old star adopted the school after it was heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

May 20, 2014 |

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