Last night, I watched the film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It’s about a man who is born old and gets physically younger throughout his life. I love this movie because it’s a unique concept, it stars Brad Pitt, it takes you through a good chunk of 20th century American life, it stars Brad Pitt, it has a bunch of little nuggets of wisdom, and it stars Brad Pitt. (What? Every girl needs a movie star crush! Just wait, Daughter. I hope yours is Zac Efron.)
Toward the end of the film, Brad Pitt—I mean Benjamin Button—writes a letter to his daughter. It’s short but is simply beautiful, and I wholeheartedly agree with every word of it. So, today I’m using someone else’s letter to speak to you today:
For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.
Those are words to live by, right there. Basically, if your life is going down an undesirable path, you have the power to change it. And while you do, be eager to meet new people and try new things. That’s the very definition of living life to the fullest.
Thanks to Brad Pitt for the words of wisdom… and for reminding us of how good you looked like in the ’90s, when you finally get young in the movie.