When I was 7, my grandma came from China to help raise me since both my parents were working full time jobs. As part of our daily routine, I would walk home from school during lunch and we would watch Mr. Rogers together over whatever delicious meal she prepared. Neither of us knew English well enough to understand what he was saying, but even kid me understood that Mr. Rogers was saying something important when he looked at the camera and sang, “I’m glad that you are the way you are.”
Adult me had completely forgotten about that idea until I heard it again in the recent documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
That film got me good. I was inconsolable after finishing it, mainly because they included a snippet of Fred Rogers’ 2002 Dartmouth commencement speech.
Seriously watch the whole thing, but if nothing else, the most important line for me was:
You don’t ever have to do anything sensational for people to love you.