How does one cope in the wake of their biggest career failure? Walk in the woods, clean out closets, and glasses of Chardonnay. At least that's how Hillary Clinton dealt with losing to Donald Trump, the 2016 presidential candidate revealed to grads on Friday while delivering a commencement speech at Wellesley College, her alma mater.
"Politics is the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible," Clinton said. "I'm very optimistic about the future because I believe in you, with all my heart. I want you to believe in yourselves."
Clinton also took the opportunity to make some not-so-subtle jabs at President Trump. She joked that her own graduating glass of 1969 was outraged when Richard Nixon was elected, "a man whose presidency would end in disgrace with his impeachment for obstruction of justice," adding, "after firing the person running the investigation." She also referred to Trump's budget proposal as "an attack of unimaginable cruelty on the most vulnerable among us--the youngest, the oldest, the poorest, and hard working people who need a little help to gain or hang on to a decent, middle-class life."
The former U.S. Secretary of State went on to insist that achieving progress is not supposed to be easy. Clinton hearkened back to her concession speech last November, and took the opportunity to speak to women, in particular: "We need your smarts but we also need your compassion, your curiosity and your stubbornness," she said. "Anything that's worth doing takes a village. And you build that village by investing love and time into your relationships."
Ultimately, her message to the graduating women was one of compassion and love. When you inevitably face setbacks, she added, "think back to this place where women have the freedom to take risks, make mistakes, even fail in front of each other. Channel the strength of your classmates and experiences. I guarantee you it will help you stand up a little straighter, feel a little braver, knowing that the things you joked about and took for granted can be the secret weapons for your future."