Chase your comforts
Matthew McConaughey's speech after winning the Oscar for 'The Dallas buyers club' and a notion that we need to keep our comforts always one step ahead.
There are three things that I need each day. One, I need something to look up to, second to look forward to, and another is someone to chase - Matthew McConaughey
Hey friends, today's post is about Matthew McConaughey's speech after winning the Oscar for 'The Dallas buyers club' and a notion that we need to keep our comforts always one step ahead.
It was one of those days when I couldn't sleep. I tried shutting my eyes close and forcing myself to sleep but was unable to do so. So, I grabbed my phone, opened YouTube, and started watching some funny scenes from movies and then moved to vlogs and then some videos about games and somehow I ended up watching award shows. Amidst all those I saw, this one video of Matthew McConaughey's Oscar speech got stuck in my head.
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Now, I like Matthew McConaughey for his work in films like Interstellar, and The Wolf of Wall Street ( small role but amazing portrayal). After that, I saw Dallas buyers club a movie based on the true story of how a club was formed to supply an illegal drug that helped HIV/AIDS patients live longer. A movie for which Matthew McConaughey transformed himself drastically to suit the role he was portraying.
In the speech, he firstly thanks and congratulates fellow nominees and then goes on to say this -
There are three things that I need each day. One, I need something to look up to, another to look forward to, and another is someone to chase.
Firstly, Matthew McConaughey, thank god to whom he looks up, and admits that God is the only one who graced him with opportunities and moments that are not possible with human hands.
Secondly, McConaughey thanks his family to whom he looks forward. He shares how grateful he is for having his family and how he feels loved and moved by them.
Lastly, McConaughey says thanks to his hero whom he always wanted to chase. He shares an anecdote of when he was 15 and someone came up to him to ask who's his hero and McConaughey thought about it for a while and says "It's me in 10 years". Later, 10 years pass by and this same person comes and asks " So, are you a hero?",
"Not even close," he says..."no, no my hero is me when I'm 35 i.e 10 years from now". His hero is every day, every week, every month, and every year, 10 years away. McConaughey says he's not going to attain that he's a hero and that's fine by him because for him a hero is somebody who he keeps on chasing.
Listening to this speech, I was moved. We all chase something all the time. We chase unrealistic and materialistic things that the joy of chasing goes away instantly. Later, we are so stuck in the present engaged in struggles which makes us feel that the situation won't get better but if we have something to chase we will always push harder.
"It pushes me to keep on chasing"
This line is an absolute eye-opener because often we forget what we are doing this for, be it some materialistic object or a worldly pleasure of life, we either chase it too hard or forget about it completely.
So, I believe the best way to keep chasing something is to keep chasing its comforts.
The comforts you believe will be sufficient or enough for you, keep chasing them. This will help you in
Always having something to chase. We never are stuck to one particular goal but the goal is ultimately changing with the circumstances.
Keeps you focused longer in the game. This train of thought will never make you lose sight and always keep your morale up because you believe that you will reach your comfort and that is not the end.
Let’s have fun while working. I mean won't you have fun when you know you are going to achieve it and it genuinely makes you feel happy?
In conclusion, Matthew McConaughey is a man of wisdom, who just gave me a chunk of inspiration to write this post and this is me chasing my comfort. My comfort is to keep writing every day but with the current scope of my work, I can manage to write only one post and one newsletter a week.
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