Saturday, March 27, 2010

Leading Lady

There's a scene in The Holiday when Iris (Kate Winslet) is having dinner with Arthur (Eli Wallach) and after he gives her some "brutal but brilliant advice" Iris says, "You're supposed to be the leading lady in your own life, for God's sake!"

Leading lady, I love that! I know they were talking about romance but there is something very powerful we can take away from that statement. We are in charge of our lives. Life isn't made up of sitting around and wishing. Wishing to be thinner, smarter, richer. Envying people whose lives appear "better" than ours. Whatever better means. Life is made up of choices, plans and goals, making them happen and standing by them. And it's never too late to grab that spotlight as leading lady in your life and make your life exactly how you want it.

Take my friend Val, for example. After finishing college and working in her chosen field for a few years, Val decided she wasn't thrilled with how things were going so she decided on a career change. Not just any career change, she wanted to pursue a law degree! Instead of sitting around being unhappy in her job wishing she was a lawyer, Val took the LSAT exam, got accepted into law school and is now in her second year. Was it easy? No. Has she made sacrifices to make it happen? Sure. But she made her choice and it making it happen. I admire her so much for that.

Life isn't perfect and as we all know, "shit happens." But shit's not in charge, you are. So decide what you want, make a plan and make it happen. And because I love romantic films, I'll quote another. From Working Girl...

"Who makes it happen?"
"I do. I make it happen."


  1. Yes, yes, and yes....and since I love movie references, this post gets my two thumbs up!

  2. Love it!! This is exactly what I needed to hear today. Thanks