Most people go through their days feeling as little as possible. We are a society that works to make money, that equates connection with a text msg and that gazes into our phones rather than the eyes of the one we love. We act aloof because getting overly excited is uncool. We avoid feeling disappointed by never really getting our hopes up. About anything. Hard times must be approached practically because if you stopped to think about how you feel nothing would get done. When you're taking care of someone with a terminal illness or an elderly parent or dealing with difficult financial times or just dealing with everyday life, you can't sit and cry about it. Life isn't fair, my mother was right. You just have to keep going.
People go to the movies to cry. Or they stay home and watch Netflix and cry. Or they feel scared, or thrilled or passionate or like everything is possible! Watching someone else truly go through something and seeing our own humanity onscreen or onstage is sometimes the only true emotional connection we have a chance to experience. That is pretty damn important. So thank goodness for actors. Thank you for giving every bit of yourself so that we can feel something through you. It can be a truly lonely road being the kind of actor that lets himself/herself be truly seen, without judgment. You must be willing to experience your own pain, your own depth and your own mortality. But it is truly a gift of life for those who can go to the movies and feel along with you. So be brave actors. Be willing to be seen in all your flaws and all your loneliness, all your anger and your true joy. You are saving lives.
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