I am a huge fan of Lauren Graham. I’ve watched Gilmore Girls over a thousand times, and am gradually getting through Parenthood (I am terrible at watching television shows).
But, what I also love about Lauren Graham is her books. When it comes to celebrities writing books, there are some of them that just aren’t that great. But, that isn’t the case when it comes to Graham. Up to date, she’s written three: Someday, Someday, Maybe, Talking as Fast as I Can: from Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between), and the newest, In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It.
Hands down, I will say this: Graham is a talented writer. Her memoir was entertaining, but her fiction was enchanting. She really captured the voice of a character who is struggling to make it as an actor in New York in the ’90s, which made the book irresistible. Maybe, I’ll credit it to her having a Bachelor of Arts in English, but she’s a pretty good writer.
Her third book, In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It is different then the her others in simply it’s not a story. It’s a speech.
Basically, the novel is a transcript of the commencement speech from her high school, Langley High in 2017. Additionally, it also has the forward explaining why she’s publishing it.
In real life, I’ve found progress lives in small and seemingly uneventful accomplishments: the homework you’ve finished, the journal you remembered to write in, the same run you took on the same path yesterday. These things might not always seem like much, but over time, they add up to something bigger. They become the foundation of your life, building blocks on the way to all those milestone moments. — Lauren Graham, In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It
The novel contains both the transcript and drawings. It’s fairly short — a little over 40 pages — and is something that readers can easily devour in one sitting. But, while it’s a short little book, the impact is far greater than it’s size. It’s one of those books that’s inspiration, and deserves a rightful place in any young adult’s book collection — whether they are navigating high school, graduating high school and starting college, graduating college, or even a young adult trying to figure out their rightful place in this world.
It gives you wisdom in every little delicious word. While Graham tells stories of her journey to success, she gives a few nuggets to inspiration to readers. These include: be confident, don’t worry so much, and give it your all to get to your dream, even if you’re not there yet.
In the meantime, perform every job as if you’re being well paid, as someone who probably wasn’t paying me told me. Which is to say: why not treat yourself now as the success you dream of becoming? Respect yourself and your work as you would if you were being paid to be the boss, and I’ll bet you’ll climb the latter faster — My favorite passage of Lauren Graham’s In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It
As 23 (soon to be 24) year old millennial reading this, I found that this book was the perfect mixture of encouragement and entertainment. Sure, I bought the book because it was by Lauren Graham and my mom gave me a Barnes and Noble giftcard. But, it doesn’t change my opinion.
It’s hard being a millennial and navigating through the world. It’s even harder when you lack the confidence in yourself. Therefore, sometimes you need a reminder. This book is that reminder that you can do anything. When you put this book down, I guarantee that you’ll feel empowered enough to say yes, I can do this.
Love yourself, and what you’re doing, even if you’re not yet at the place you hope to land. Let the joy be the thing that drive you, and I bet you’ll get there faster. Give yourself permission to make mistakes. Those mistakes are as valuable as the triumphs. — Lauren Graham, In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It
With that being said, that book is that reminder when something doesn’t go as planned, that your day will in fact come. It might not be as fast as someone else, but the key thing is not to give up. That’s something many need to hear — whether you’re a new college graduate trying to find a job or moving into that dorm that first time.
Furthermore, the cover is positive too. Whenever I look at it, it just reminds me of flowers and birds. Which reminds me of springtime — something that makes me happy.
In conclusion, don’t worry about it. You already have The Most. And you’re already one of the The Best. — Lauren Graham, In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It
In conclusion, if you’re looking for a great graduate gift — or just need some inspiration for yourself — then this book might be your little guidebook. Or, at the very least, an entertaining read.