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I have been listening to audiobooks and they completely are changing the way reading is perceived. We almost always consume something or the other by what we see, listen to and talk. Audiobooks have enabled us to consume books while listening. The best app for listening to audiobooks is Audible by Amazon. I have around 7 books that I have listened to from audible and will be writing the summaries here to have notes handy.
Hey friends —
It was one of those days where I couldn't sleep. I tried shutting my eyes close and forcing myself to sleep but was unable to do so. So, I grabbed my phone, opened YouTube and started watching some funny scenes from movies and then moved to vlogs and then some videos about games and somehow I ended up watching award shows. Amidst all those, I saw this one video of Matthew McConaughey's Oscar speech that got stuck in my head.
Now, I like Matthew McConaughey for his work in films like Interstellar, The Wolf of Wall Street ( small role but amazing portrayal) and known for his famous line "Alright...Alright....Alright....!!!!".
After that, I saw Dallas buyers club a movie based on the true story of how a club was formed to supply an illegal drug that helped HIV/AIDS patients live and sustain longer. A movie for which Matthew McConaughey transformed himself drastically to suit the role he was portraying.
In the speech, he firstly thanks and congratulates fellow nominees and appreciates that everybody has done a fantastic job and then goes on to say this -
There are three things that I need each day. One, I need something to look up to, another to look forward to, and the final thing is somebody to chase.
Firstly, Matthew McConaughey thanks God whom he looks up to and admits that God is the only one who graced him with opportunities and moments that are not possible with human hands.
Secondly, McConaughey thanks his family to whom he looks forward. He shares how grateful he is for having his family and how he feels loved and moved by them.
Lastly, McConaughey says thanks to his hero whom he always wanted to chase. He shares an anecdote of when he was 15 and someone came up to him to asks who's his hero and McConaughey thought about it for a while and says "It's me in 10 years". Later, 10 years pass by and this same person comes and asks " So, are you a hero?"
"Not even close," he says..."no, no my hero is me when I'm 35 i.e. 10 years from now". His hero is every day, every week, every month and every year,10 years away. McConaughey says he's not going to attain that he's a hero and that's fine by him because for him a hero is somebody who he keeps on chasing.
Listening to this speech, I was so moved. We all chase something all the time. We chase unrealistic and materialistic things that the joy of chasing those go away instantly. Later, we are so stuck in the present engaged in struggles which makes us feel that the situation won't get better but if we have something to chase we will always push harder.
"It pushes me to keep on chasing"
This line is an absolute eye-opener because often we forget what we are doing this for, be it some materialistic object or a worldly pleasure of life, we either chase too hard or forget about it completely.