Words of wisdom from one fabulous lady.
Everyone knows who Shonda Rhimes is. And when I say everyone, I mean EVERYONE. You don’t even have to watch any of her shows — although, you should since she’s a total genius – to know who she is.
As the creator and producer of some of the most popular shows on television right now, she has effectively locked down Thursday nights on ABC and has become known for cornering the market on some of the best shows period.
So what are some of these shows that everyone loves so much? Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, The Catch, and Scandal, of course! She was even the creator and producer of Private Practice, the spin-off series to Grey’s Anatomy, which did incredibly well. And we all know that spin-off series don’t always go as planned.
So, it’s only fair to call Shonda Rhimes a genius because not only does she have a handful of majorly successful television shows (all continually being renewed for new seasons, by the way), but she’s also breaking strides in the industry by (WAY more than) succeeding not just as a woman, but as a black woman.
And being able to see someone like Shonda Rhimes give advice on love, life, and everything in between would be like a DREAM for so many of us who look up to her. And for the graduating class at Dartmouth College (her alma mater), they were given the opportunity to listen to her commencement speech and learn valuable lessons from her.
"When people show you who they are, believe them." — Shonda Rhimes
"You never know the biggest day of your life is your biggest day, not until it's happening. You don't recognize the biggest day of your life, not until you're right in the middle of it. The day you commit to something or someone. The day you get your heart broken. The day you meet your soul mate. The day you realize there's not enough because you wanna live forever. Those are the biggest days. The perfect days." — Shonda Rhimes
"At some point, you have to make a decision. Boundaries don't keep other people out. They fence you in. Life is messy. That's how we're made. So, you can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them." — Shonda Rhimes
"There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone. Because what if you learn that you need love and then you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever." — Shonda Rhimes
"Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It's hard work that makes things happen. It's hard work that creates change." — Shonda Rhimes
"At the end of the day, when it comes down to it, all we really want is to be close to somebody. So this thing where we all keep our distance and pretend not to care about each other, it's usually a load of bull. So we pick and choose who we want to remain close to, and once we've chosen those people, we tend to stick close by. No matter how much we hurt them. The people that are still with you at the end of the day, those are the ones worth keeping. And sure, sometimes close can be too close. But sometimes, that invasion of personal space, it can be exactly what you need." — Shonda Rhimes