This morning while attempting to temporarily disengage from my work before work, I came across a new interview with Brad Pitt in GQ magazine.
I normally don’t get much out of these celebrity interviews. It’s hard to assume one can relate to people who live such inflated and embellished existences.
But Brad proved me wrong this morning. And here’s the part that got me good:
In the end, you find: I am those things I don’t like. That is a part of me. I can’t deny that. I have to accept that. And in fact, I have to embrace that. I need to face that and take care of that. Because by denying it, I deny myself. I am those mistakes. For me every misstep has been a step toward epiphany, understanding, some kind of joy. Yeah, the avoidance of pain is a real mistake. It’s the real missing out on life. It’s those very things that shape us, those very things that offer growth, that make the world a better place, oddly enough, ironically. That make us better.
This gives me a lot of hope. Because if a Hollywood actor can get past his own ego long enough to see these truths – well damn it so can we!
An incredible admission here, that is next-level difficult to come to terms with. Yet so rewarding and powerful if done.
I am those things I don’t like.
Yes. So much yes.
So to the mother who bemoans her daughter’s behaviour, and the daughter in law exasperated by her mother in law’s actions;
To the son who complains of his father’s past choices, and the daughter who finds her elderly mother’s comments unfathomable;
To you I say, You Are Those Things.
And so am I.
Deep thoughts by Brad Pitt. Someone hand the guy an award for being real. ‘Cause he deserves a lifetime achievement award for that one.