Dust in the Wind

From the inspiring commencement speech at the School of the Visual Arts, photographer Carrie Mae Weems asks us all to think harder about the relationship between what we do and what we leave behind.

How do you measure a life? Do we measure it inch by inch, step by step, crawl by crawl? How you measure your lives is the most important thing not only for you students, but for all of us. I am asking myself this constantly. How do you measure a life? Success, failure –– what is it?… You know, I think of myself as dust in the wind. And I’m gonna be here just for [snaps fingers] a hot second. And when you think about the vastness of the universe in which we dwell, we are dust in the wind. And yet, we are here. To mark this moment … This way you will spend your time, measure your lives, is all up to you.

Everything is temporary.

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