Fresh Graduates of Iowa’s Maharishi University of Management were in for a treat when actor-comedian Jim Carrey stepped up to the podium to deliver their commencement address.
The 2014 graduates may not have been ready for the emotional rollercoaster that Jim Carrey managed to take them on. Sprinkled with his trademark humor, Jim offered some very profound life lessons to these young minds before they embarked on their most crucial stage of their lives.
“I want to thank the trustees, the administrators, the faculty of MUM for creating an institution worthy of Maharishi’s ideals of education, as well as enabling the students through transcendental education and Vedic knowledge to slack off twice a day for an hour and a half,” began Jim.
The 52-year-old actor who has been tickling our funny bones with his slapstick and physical comedy gradually turned serious when it was time to narrate his own personal life lessons to the graduates of Iowa’s MUM.
“The decisions we make in this moment are based in either love or fear,” said Carrey. “So many of us chose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect so we never ask the universe for it. I’m saying I’m the proof that you can ask the universe for it. And if it doesn’t happen for you right away, it’s only because the universe is so busy fulfilling my order,” Jim said via US Magazine.
Jim even disclosed his corollary-laden inspiration and determination to make a career out of making people laugh.
“My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that that was possible for him, and so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant.”
As fate would have it, even this “safe job was snatched away when Jim was just 12 years old. Jim shared how his family was forced “to do whatever we could to survive” in the aftermath, reported Daily Mail.
The Dumb and Dumber star revealed that he was hit with the epiphany of the purpose in his life at the not-so-young age of 28 and it was “the desire to free people from concern” through his comedy.
Perhaps his biggest lesson was about the career choices that the graduates should make.
“I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which, was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”
[Image Credit | Ken West / MUM]