The Keys of Life: Happy Birthday Louis.
My eldest son Louis is 21 today. As I sent my good wishes to him, I wondered what I would tell my 21-year-old self? I would say the same things that I am saying to Louis now.
The First Key: Value Yourself.
We all have the same value as human beings regardless of our status, talents or accomplishments. In the closing scenes of the TV drama-series “The Feud”, Bette Davis (played by Susan Sarandon) asked Joan Crawford (played by Jessica Lange) what it felt like to be most beautiful girl in the world. Joan replied that “It felt wonderful, and it was never enough.” Joan then asked Bette what it felt like to be the most talented girl in the world and Bette replied that “It was great, and it was never enough.” Real self-value is always enough.
The Second Key: Hold A Personal Vision For Your Life
If I had known this at 21, I would have worried a lot less about the things that didn’t work out and I would have wasted a lot less time on projects and people that were going frankly nowhere. It took another 10 years for me to discover that if we don’t have our own vision for our life then we are probably living someone else’s vision. Live your own personal vision.