“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.”
Button’s letter to his daughter, from ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’. Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
A beautiful piece of writing from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I love the idea and the reality that there are no rules when it comes to living our lives. We have the ability to re-make ourselves whenever we choose. And why not? We’re multifaceted beings with many different hopes, hates and loves.
So for what it’s worth, I hope everyone is living life being who they want to be. And if you’re not, then become who you want to be.
I wanted to share this photo that has been doing the rounds online. August Landmesser worked at a shipping yard in Hamburg, Germany. He was a member of the Nazi Party for four years, but after falling in love with a Jewish woman and having two daughters he came to oppose Hitler’s regime. This photo is from the launch of a naval vessel. In a sea of spectators he was the only man who refused to salute. His wife was later taken by the Gestapo and his daughters separated from him so it’s not a happy ending as with so many families from that time, but it’s a powerful photo showing one man’s courage against something that was a lot bigger than him.
August Landmesser, opposed the Hitler's regime and refused to salute...in my mind he's pretty much a hero.
Courage is a funny thing. Sometimes I think we stamp down on our own courage too often, so as not to insult or step on other people’s toes or when we’re afraid of getting hurt.
But that’s what being courageous is, being able to do something, say something, take a stand because you believe in it, that it’s the right thing to do.
Here’s to the rest of us being brave enough to be courageous!
Ok 2012. Explain yourself please. One of my ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ for this sparkly new year was to write on this little blog I’ve begun with some regularity…so far I am failing. Dismally.
But it’s not my fault! My Resolution isn’t broken yet I promise! It’s just that I seem to have misplaced my January. I can honestly say that it upped and disappeared and I cannot work out what on earth has happened to it. One second it was right in front of me and the next…poof! Gone.
I’ve tried calling for it, enticing it back with promises of days spent doing extremely productive things but to no avail.
So hello February! I welcome you into my 2012. Let’s be friends. I’m hoping you and I get along swell and accomplish all sorts of exciting things…including my New Year’s Resolution of writing on here. February, I’m sure you won’t abandon me like that selfish January did!