He shocked most Leo loving viewers when he took the stage to accept his award for Best Actor of 2014. Matthew McConaughey, the man who's forever eating (and crazily playing the bongo drums...) filled the air with words of excitement, encouragement, and gratitude--ultimately thanking himself for his success. Naturally, Twitter and the media came down in an uproar, dumbfounded that an actor of his caliber would have the audacity to get on stage in front of his peers and go on to thank himself. But as a small business owner I look at him and say "hell yeah, why not?". HE'S the one doing the work, HE'S the one putting in the long days, working hard for rolls, and dropping 45 pounds for his character in Dallas Buyers Club (or what Tina Fey joked what actresses would call 'being in a movie'). Clutching his well deserved golden statue, Matthew explained there are three things he needs to survive: something to look up to, something to look forward to, and someone to chase. God is the one he looks up to, as he recognizes without His hand in his life, there simply wouldn't be such opportunities without our Creator. Canna' getta Amen? His family and his simply stunning wife, Camila, are what he looks forward to every day of his life, and the Hero that he chases is the vision of himself. When he was 15 he decided his Hero was him in a decade. Then another decade. Then another decade. What most people see as narcissistic, a man already wielding a freaking Oscar for his successes, I see as admirable. His vision of himself is not self-indulgent at all, it is in fact humble and inspiring. He is able to see clearly enough and recognize consistent room for improvement. He has the desire to wake up, work for his family, and always strive for more. He is determined to work hard for his dreams and in not look toward the ideals of others in order to in fact-- become his own Hero. Dang. Now THAT'S something we could all use a little of. In his gracious speech he declares "I'm never going to attain that. That keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing...". So keep chasing your hopes, let the vision of your future self guide you along deeper into your wildest dreams with the passing of each day, but always remember to take what you have now and give thanks for it. In this very moment, you can be your Hero.
Side note: Am I the only one who has a hard time watching award shows? I always feel so bad for the losers! #poorleo