Harvey Fierstein's 12 Step Program to Change Your Life
Taken from Harvey Fierstein's Commencement Address to the 1992 class
- Never lie, and never let anyone cause you to lie. Truth, or
the pursuit of it, is all we have.
- Never do anything you are ashamed of. If you're ashamed that
means somewhere inside you think it's wrong; and if you think it's
wrong, you shouldn't be doing it.
- Take full responsibility for yourself. You are the only one
who can say what goes into or comes out of your body.
- Always admit when you're wrong. You'll save thousands in
therapy later -- and a few friendships too.
- Change your mind as often as possible. Just because you
thought something yesterday doesn't mean you have to think it today.
Don't ever become a prisoner of your own opinion.
- Beware of anyone who says they know. Trust me, they don't, or
they wouldn't have to say they did.
- Take care of yourself first, then your family, then your
friends. And if you have anything left over, share it.
- Do something, anything, every day to change the world. It
doesn't have to be big, it could be giving a dime to a street person,
planting a flower, picking up litter. Anything will change the world.
- When you have nothing better to do, smile. You'll have to
trust me on the miracle this step brings.
- Make a bit of time every day to be alone and think. Five or
ten minutes is enough. It will keep you sane.
- Have all the sex you want -- safe sex. Get lust out of your
way. It's the only way I know to make sure you fall in love for the
right reasons. And I want you all to find true love.
- Learn something new every day. Read a newspaper article that
you wouldn't normally read. Open a dictionary to a word you never
heard, or never understood.