Mary Louise “Meryl” Streep was born on June 22, 1949. Meryl is an American actress. Meryl has worked beside many talented actors and actresses including Stanley Tucci, Anne Hathaway, Goldie Hawn, Dustin Hoffman and Clint Eastwood just to name a few.
This is an incredible quote from an extraordinary woman. I’m not entirely sure when Meryl first said this or if it’s from something she wrote or just a conversation she had with someone. I’m not going to go into every little part of what she said but it is brilliant on many levels but I wanted to point out one major part of it that I too have difficulty with people who do not like animals and people who don’t deserve my patience. I believe I’m one of the more patient people but even a patient person has their limits. I also have a great distaste for gossip, disloyalty and someone that doesn’t know how to compliment. I’m not saying it’s always easy and it does take practice but I always grew up remembering something said in Bambi by Thumper, “f you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.” It’s a nice rule of thumb and in addition to that people should at least try to see the good in each other. We all have our differences and that’s what makes us unique. We need to appreciate people in our lives while we can and let them know it before you run out of time. Sometimes saying something nice is the greatest gift that you can give someone, especially if you’re sincere and it comes from the heart.
This quote has been stated in many ways by many people but that’s because it is true that the secret or formula to happiness and success is when you are yourself and who you’re meant to be. So one should strive to follow their passion or dreams and make them into reality. Be a musician, actor, artist, writer, photographer, whatever makes you unique, if it makes you happy to be a doctor, nurse, therapist, athlete, firefighter, policemen, politician, inventor, whatever and however you find yourself being drawn to doing do it. Become that, do what you need to do in order to be a success at that and you will see that you’ll be happier for it.
The Equal Rights Amendment is one that promotes equal legal rights of the sexes. I know I’ve been talking about equality a lot lately but that comes from us having a start of wanting equality and not just for women and or just for men but equality for all. Equality For All, All Lives Matter. We need to ingrain this in our lives. Treat each other as equals. The problem is that we haven’t accepted this. We keep fighting each other, we keep disrespecting one another, keep putting each other down because the other person is different. What is going to wake everyone up to be the great equalizer? What will it take? We’ve had wars, protests, terrorists.. please tell me what is it going to take for this to become a reality. Some people may say it’s because not everyone wants this because some people think women are better or men are better and there has to be someone on top. Wouldn’t it be better if we worked together? If we supported each other? Helped one another? I know it is way overdue for this to change and would really love to see big steps for this to be taken to making equality a reality.