When you know who you are - and you're pleased with the person you've become - you’ll maintain a sense of peace throughout life’s inevitable ups and downs.
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While it’s normal for your accomplishments to make you feel good, basing your entire self-worth on your achievements is like building your house on an unsteady foundation. You’ll need to experience repeated success in order to feel good about yourself – and that’s hard to maintain over the long-haul.
If you were fortunate enough to be blessed with good looks, your beauty may serve as an advantage in life. But,a handsome face or a beautiful body won't last forever. Wrinkles, a middle-age spread,gray hair, or a receding hairline can become catastrophic for anyone whose self-worth depends on their physical appearance.
It takes stamina to get up like an athlete every single night, seven to eight performances a week, 20 weeks in a row. And there are many young performers who only learn their craft in the two minute bits it takes to film a scene. You never learn the arc of storytelling, the arc of a character that way.
I would never call myself a cancer survivor because I think it devalues those who do not survive. There's this whole mythology that people bravely battle their cancer and then they become survivors. Well, the ones who don't survive may be just as brave, you know, just as courageous, wonderful people.