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Jul 22 / Elliot Darvick

Get a life.

If you’ve been following us on Twitter, you know each Sunday we post a bit of inspiration called For the Week Ahead. Today we’ve decided to do a special For the Week Ahead on the Unbucket blog.

Below is an excerpt from a commencement speech penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anna Quindlen. She so captures the spirit that runs through our veins as we build Unbucket that we just had to share it with you.

So here’s what I wanted to tell you today: get a life. A real life, not amanic pursuit of the next promotion, the bigger paycheck, the larger house. Do you think you’d care so very much about those things if you blew an aneurysm one afternoon, or found a lump in your breast? Get a life in which you notice the smell of salt water pushing itself on a breeze over Seaside Heights, a life in which you stop and watch how a red tailed hawk circles over the water gap or the way a baby scowls with concentration when she tries to pick up a Cheerio with her thumb and first finger. Get a life in which you are not alone. Find people you love, and who love you. And remember that love is not leisure, it is work… Remember that you are…still learning how to best treasure your connection to others. Pick up the phone. Send an e-mail. Write a letter.

As a bonus, we’ve asked the amazingly talented Emma Darvick to create a limited-edition print inspired by the quote (click image below to see it in detail). The first person to tweet a link to this post (and mention @Unbucket) will receive a print as a gift from us. May the week ahead be your best yet!

"Get a Life" by Emma Darvick