The Importance of Day-Day Drivers

I’ve been on a detour lately with the content I usually post on here. Since this is my own personal space, I just like to share what comes to me and what I’m thinking about.

Matthew McConaughey’s 2014 Oscar Speech

Experience is a harsh teacher and we all learn valuable lessons from it. Most of which, are usually quite painful. As with everything though, life is much like a never-ending staircase.

We may trip and fall from time to time and set ourselves back.

In those moments, we’re left to find a driver to pull us back up.

Meet Matthew McConaughey’s “3 Things that will Change your Life“. This speech was given during his 2014 Oscar’s ceremony for winning best actor with the film Dallas Buyers Club.

Following is a transcript.

There’s a few things. About three things to my account that I need each day.

One of them is someone to look up to. Another is something to look forward to. Lastly, someone to chase.

Now, first off I want to thank God. Because that’s who I look up to. He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand. He has shown me that it is a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. In the words of the great Charlie Laughton: “When you got God, you got a friend and that friend is you”.

To my family, that’s who I look forward to.

To my father, who I know is up there in Heaven right now with a big pot of gumbo, lemon meringue pie, and likely in his underwear with a cold can of miller lite dancing. To you Dad, you taught me what it means to be a man.

To my mother who’s here tonight. She taught me and my two older brothers, actually demanded that we respect ourselves. What we in turn learned from that was we were better able to respect others.

To my wife and my kids, the courage and significance you give me everyday I go out the door is unparalleled. You are the four people in my life that I want to make the most proud of me.

Lastly, to my hero. That’s who I chase. Now, when I was fifteen years old, I had a very important person in my life come to me and say “who is your hero“? I said I had to think about that. Gave it a few weeks and came back to it later and this person asks me the same question again. I thought about it and said it’s me in 10 years.

So, I turned 25 ten years later. That same person comes to me and asks if I’m a hero now. I tell him not even close. He asks why and I tell him my hero is me at 35.

Everyday, every month, every year of my life – my hero is always 10 years away. I’m never going to be my hero. I’m not going to obtain that and I know I’m not. That’s actually fine with me because it keeps me with someone to keep on chasing.

So, to any of us – whatever those things are that we look up to, whatever we look forward to and whoever we are chasing… I say alright, alright, alright.

Matthew McConaughey – 2014 Oscar’s Best Actor Speech

Pretty powerful stuff.

What are your three things?