When Sandra Bullock is the surprise speaker at your graduation, you have another really good reason to throw that cap in the air. Yesterday, the Oscar-winning actress stopped by Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans, a school she helped rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, to give a pep talk to the grads that we’re going to borrow for our own current and future life chapters.

In the surprise commencement address, Sandra answered a question recently posed to her: If you could go back and talk to your younger self, what would you say? Whoa, where do we begin? The superstar turned to a most adorable place for the answer. She realized the guidance she gives her four-year-old son Louis (a NOLA native himself) rings true for those of us post-Pre-K, too. Watch Sandy’s speech and take note of the life lessons she bestowed upon us below.

1. Stop worrying so much. Stop being scared of the unknown.

2. Raise the bar higher.

3. People want to see you fail — that’s not your problem, that’s their problem.

4. Nothing is a failure, it’s just not supposed to work out that way — something better is supposed to come along. [insert standing ovation]

5. You have to dance a little bit before you step out into the world each day because it changes the way you walk. (Done and done!)

6. Eat something green every day, with every meal.

7. Do not pick your nose in public.

8. When someone who cares about you hugs you, hug them back with two arms. (Did we forget to tell you to keep a hanky handy?)

9. If someone doesn’t want to play with you, it’s okay. (Find someone who does want to play with you in this game of life.)

10. Go find your joy, whatever that is.

11. Don’t be so worried about the future, that you’re not present.

Sandra slipped that last one into the beginning of her speech, but we think it’s another good life lesson to Pin to your Board of Life. We will be.

What amazing commencement addresses have you seen this year? Have a favorite of all time? Share it with us below or Tweet us about it @britandco + @brit!

(h/t: The Wrap)