RIP Phillip Seymour Hoffman
This is for the artists out there that are successful, struggling, experiencing rebirth, and coming into what they love.
No matter where you are at in life, whether you are in the second string dancer in a troupe or the lead dancer, the middle schooler messing around with a camera or the Steven Spielberg of movie-making, you will always struggle with doubt, fear, and inadequacy.
It’s tragic what has happened to one of the greatest actors of our time. I don’t know much about Philip Seymour Hoffman’s (PSH) personal life, but I know he leaves behind a family: a five, seven, and ten year old. Twister and Patch Adams we’re movies I knew and loved while growing up and others like Punch Drunk Love, Cold Mountain, The Big Lebowski, and Hunger Games I was fortunate to experience later in life.
Artists feel the highs and lows of life more powerfully I would say than the average person. We’re very emotionally-driven people. Sometimes we turn to things that are very potent and powerful to make the pain stop or bearable. Sometimes it’s unhealthy habits like drugs, alcohol, cutting, but if you learn to manage it, you learn other outlets such as running, kickboxing, dancing, yoga or some other kind of activity that allows you to release the tension and stress.
Hollywood has claimed the lives of many talented people. It just goes to show that even if you “make it”, you’re still at risk to losing yourself in the end. And who wants to gain the whole world and yet forfeit his soul?
Focus on what matters because like PSH mentioned in his quote, “this is the only life you got.”
Make it count. Let this be an encouragement for you to strive for your dreams, but not take for granted your own life.
Don’t throw it away or allow addictions to take hold of your heart and mind.
Remember who you are and where you have come from.
Keep those who love you close even if they are far away.
And always have a prayer ready on your lips because it could be your saving grace.