Admiral Willam H. McRaven gave the 2014 University of Texas commencement address. Admiral McRaven inspired the graduates – and many who have who have heard the since-viral address – to change the world by following lessons he learned in Navy Seal training. The speech became so popular that it spawned a book.
Most of Admiral McRaven’s advice is indeed inspirational and certainly worthy of the respect the speech, and the admiral, have garnered.
It is only his first instruction that I cannot follow or endorse.
I am not a morning person. Admiral McRaven puts great stock in starting the day by making one’s bed.
Not me. I know I’m not alone.
As a public service to other non-morning people, I gave the beginning of Admiral McRaven’s address a quick edit. I hope you night owls will find it just as inspirational. My corrections are in italics:
If you want to change the world, start off by making your staying in bed. If you don’t make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day hit the snooze alarm at least one more time. It will give you a small sense of pride and will encourage you to do give the snooze alarm another task push and another and another. By the end of the day that one task completed extra sleep will have turned into energy for many tasks completed, especially late at night.
Making your Staying in bed will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right sleep in, you’ll never be able to do the big things right stay awake after lunch.
And if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is unmade. That you left unmade. And an unmade bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better because you will sleep in again and not waste time pointlessly making your bed that you would just unmake again at night.
(Also, the cat[s] will appreciate not being displaced.)