Angelina Jolie, one of the brightest stars of Hollywood who turned humanitarian has inspired millions of people with her strength and achievements. Just like many of us, life has not been an easy road for the mother of six. After all the challenges that Angelina has experienced in the past years, she remains standing.
Just recently Angelina had marriage issues with her husband, Brad Pitt. Prior to that, she battled with cancer and has undergone surgeries to prevent the sickness. Despite of it all, Angelina continued working as a director, actress, humanitarian volunteer, and a responsible mother for all her kids. How she did that? Here, she shares valuable tips to help everyone find balance between life and everything else.
#1 Life is short, keep it full
Jolie wears many hats. She does more than acting, directing, or being a mom. She’s also busy inspiring the world just like when she guest-lectured on women’s rights at the London School of Economics. Angelina sure lives a full-on life because she believes we should do so. She’s a living proof that every time you think you can’t do more, there’s always more to pack in. Jolie holds on to a belief that we must make the most of life by doing what we love. Don’t let others stop us from doing more, and tell us our limits. They key is to listen to our hearts, and keep going.
#2 You just have to do your best
After Jolie’s split with Brad Pit, things have never been easy for her. She admitted to Vanity Fair magazine that what happened affected her family, and the only thing she’s left to do is give her best. All of us pass through the rocky trails of our lives. For the times we do, always keep in mind that we all have our own struggles, and we’re not alone in our battles.
#3 Raise your children well, they’re our future
The six children of Jolie and Pitt have been all raised well. Though they are privileged kids, they are polite, kind, and normal. Jolie believes in the proper upbringing of the younger generation, as they hold our future. It’s important not to spoil the kids, and teach them discipline. Children must learn empathy, and good manners, no matter how rich they are. Furthermore, kids must learn the true value of material things, which are less important than experience and life.
#4 You can rebrand yourself
Change is constant. Jolie said that anyone can rebrand their self, and we should not be afraid to do it. Though the actress admitted that she experimented with drugs during her younger years, she was able to change herself. Her image has now been far from who she was years ago, when she was married to Billy Bob Thornton.
After all the bad girl, and sexy portrayals, Jolie is now a prominent humanitarian and an influential inspiration. She discovered her current self when she engaged in altruistic works in Cambodia, adopted her first child, and crafted her passion for helping others. Jolie is a lesson to all that you can re-sculpt your reputation if you keep a sturdy standpoint, and work for it.
#5 Take care of your health, it’s a prime self responsibility
Jolie took the courage to get a double mastectomy when she discovered that she was a carrier of the cancer gene BRCA1. Her mother died at 56 due to ovarian cancer. Thus, Jolie took a bold move to get her ovaries removed. People praised her for courage, and for taking care of her health. Just last year, the actress was also diagnosed of Bell’s Palsy. Though her condition had been treated, Jolie reminds the public to prioritize health above all. Health is the only thing that matters the most. All your possessions and wealth don’t mean a thing if your health retaliates. Thus, make sure to always take care of your body.
#6 Everyone experiences self doubts
No one is truly one hundred percent sure about his life or his self. Even Angelina experiences life tormenting days where she doubts herself. For the times you question your abilities as a worker, human, business owner, parent, entrepreneur, etc., remember that it’s normal. All you need to do is try to clear your mind of these doubts or just let it pass. Drowning yourself in negative thoughts won’t do any good.
#7 Be yourself
Jolie knows herself and pursues what she wants to do. In interviews, Jolie said that she cannot stand still and live a pedestrian life. Her goal is to make a difference, and lead a bold life. So, she does. Despite her adventures, she never fails to accomplish her responsibilities for her family. In fact, last year she spent most of her time at home, and taking care of her kids. All that she does is what her heart desires. Jolie is a proof that we must be true to ourselves, since we only have one life to live. The only way to live it is to do it our way.