Submerged in a society so obsessed with staying young, those raging against superficial expectations always leave much to admire. Whether a neighbor down the street or iconic, award-winning celebrity, masters of the concept speak to the declining art of living authentically. Embracing experience while touting true colors, certain individuals embody the notion of growing older with grace.
Styling and profiling for decades are music legends (and recent birthday gals!) Cher and Stevie Nicks; 'everywhere, all the time' John Stamos; perpetual "boy next door" Matthew Perry; and my most recent revelation:
The captivatingly dark allure of his role as Detective Rust Cohle in HBO's True Detective (see also: LOVE) may be hard to resist, but it seems McConaughey's real-life perspective is just as interesting.
Despite some finding his recent commencement speech at the University of Houston a bit "bizarre," dear Matthew's advice could not have been more brilliant.
Detailing 13 life lessons to thousands of aspiring Lone Star yuppies, his no-nonsense message was deeply introspective with the perfect touch of cynicism. From crafting your own happiness and debunking the entitlement mindset, to finding lessons in less-than-stellar moments and harnessing strength to move on, the extensively varied, yet relevant nature of each and every point was stunning. Needless to say, it was greatly appreciated by those of us not so out of touch with the world's harsh realities.
McConaughey's concluding point, however, took the existential cake by far.
"The truth is all around us, all the time," the trick is putting ourselves in a place to receive it.
While an out of touch concept to some, it's at the unconscious heart of so many personal struggles.
It's easy subscribing to inauthenticity masked by day-to-day crazinesses of life. People come and go while obligations pile up, seeming to force us into stressful patterns and positions as the years go by. But without even realizing it, following the flow can easily lead us to a lifetime of two-step in lockstep.
After seizing the truth, McConaughey stressed to personalize, internalize, then materialize the information; After all, what good is knowledge if you don't make something out of it?
As mentioned before, "clarity comes from promise of real;" There's melody in everything, so strive to find the harmony.
Alright, alright, alright -- Maybe there is hope yet.