Jordan Peele's Oscars Acceptance Speech Inspired Me To Never Give Up

Jordan Peele's Oscars Acceptance Speech Inspired Me To Never Give Up

His words have stuck with me since the Oscars and will continue to stick with my for the rest of my life.

I really enjoyed watching The Oscars this year! I am a huge fan of award shows and I feel like The Oscars is one that is usually done really well. This year the Oscars, and many other award shows, talked about social and political issues in America. While some may get annoyed with the politically charged stances that these actors, actresses, and directors are taking I really appreciate and support them using the platform they have been given to speak out about what is important to them.

Many of the speeches were moving. Frances McDormand’s speech was absolutely phenomenal. I hung on every word she said. However, the speech that really stuck with me was Jordan Peele’s and it stuck with me because of one specific thing he said.

For those of you who don’t know, Jordan Peele won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for the movie “Get Out.” Winning this award made him the first black screenwriter to win an award in this category.

He made history with this award!

When he got to the stage one of the first things he said in his acceptance speech was that he stopped writing the screenplay for “Get Out” about twenty times.

This has stuck with me since the Oscars and will probably stick with me for a long time. He could have completely given up after any one of the times he stopped writing and if he gave up he wouldn’t have made history at the 2018 Oscars.

I will never win an Oscar (okay maybe I shouldn’t say never because Kobe Bryant also won an Oscar this year), but I can’t help but think about all the things I’ve given up on in my life. All of the things I tried and wasn’t very good so I stopped instead of just trying to improve.

More often than not we aren’t the best at something the first time we try. The first time you put pen to paper to write a poem it may end up being the worst piece of poetry you’ve ever read. The first time you pick up a new instrument it won’t sound like it does when your favorite musician plays. Even your first day at a new job will probably have some ups and downs. We’re an imperfect species and sometimes we put too much pressure on ourselves to be perfect the first time.

Jordan Peele’s Oscar’s speech put an emphasis on the struggle one goes through to achieve greatness. True success and greatest is earned and it’s rarely easy to achieve.

I’ll hear Jordan Peele’s words in the back of my mind for the rest of my life as I push through the hard times, the failures, and the roadblocks towards my own success and greatness.

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"People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day."


Stressed AF about finals?

Let Pooh take the wheel:

1. "You're braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think." 

2. "Think it over, think it under." 

3. "Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day." 

4. "People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day." 

5. "It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"

6.  "Think, think, think." 

7. "The nicest thing about the rain is that it always stops. Eventually." 

8. "Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be." 

9. "To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks." 

10. "Home is the comfiest place to be." 

11. "So perhaps the best thing to do is to stop writing introductions, and get on with the book." 

12. "I must go forward to where I have never been instead of backwards where I have." 

13. "One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries." 

14. "Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved." 

15. "It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine." 

16. "Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known."

17. My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places."

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5 Songs to Add to Your Playlist This Month

Spring into finals week (and the summer) by "cleaning up" your playlist


Here are some fun, fresh new tracks to check out as you finish out the rest of the school year and help you get out of your "music comfort zone!"

“Patience” by Tame Impala 

Genre: Electronic/Alternative

Tame Impala FINALLY released new music (!!), and this track is absolutely stunning. With frontrunner Kevin Parker staying on brand with the band's psychedelic, seemingly ethereal style, it sounds like a combination of 70s soft rock and waves of modern-day electronica, with Parker's voice drifting in and out in a kind of otherworldly, mellowed-out manner.

“Harmony Hall” by Vampire Weekend 

Genre: Alternative/Indie Pop

Vampire Weekend is also releasing an album, entitled "Father of the Bride", on May 3rd. From the looks of it, this track relates to the theme of marriage/weddings present in the album's title, and it is a fun, upbeat song that I have been listening to a lot in the morning as I'm getting ready for class! Ezra Koenig's voice is so unique and can cover a broad range, and I highly recommend listening to some of the band's other work as well ("Step" from their 2013 release "Modern Vampires of the City" is one of my all-time favorite songs!).

“Ready to Let Go” by Cage the Elephant 

Genre: Alternative/Alternative Rock

So many great artists are (finally) releasing new albums this year, and Cage the Elephant falls into this category. This track is an absolute banger and doesn't stray much from the band's style in that it includes a lot of loud guitar and dynamic vocals. Like Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant has been around since the early 2000s, and I highly recommend checking out some of their earlier work as well (big fan of their most recent album, actually!)

“Apple Orchard” by Beach House 

Genre: Indie/Electronic

Beach House is one of my favorite bands of all time, as I find a kind of an ethereal, beautiful sadness in the dreamy style of instrumentalist Alex Scally and lucid vocals of singer Victoria Legrand. This track is from their 2006 self-titled debut and is probably one of my favorite songs they've ever released. The lyrics are poetic and perfect for the post-finals enjoyment of spring weather, in that they preach relaxation and restfulness, and the song's electronic rhythms echo the essence of spring as well. If you like this song, then I highly recommend checking out the band's other albums as well (Depression Cherry is one of my favorite albums of all time).

“April Come She Will” by Simon & Garfunkel 

Genre: 60s Pop

No spring playlist is complete without a little Simon & Garfunkel! This song is a classic, its timeless, poetic lyrics capturing the epitome of the coming of spring and all its glory. In fact, I consider the entire album (entitled Sound of Silence) to be perfect for the pleasantness and feelings of renewal/natural revitalization associated with the coming months, so be sure to give it a listen if you haven't heard it before!

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