TAKE IT FROM RYAN GOSLING – BEING YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF PAYS OFF

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Following on from my La La Land post, I thought I would share a video that was sent to me of Ryan Gosling in a dance group in 1992.

As I watched it, my first thought was what a dude! But my second thought was if that kid was at my High School, he would have got seriously laughed at. Now, he is an international sex symbol with an impressive list of movies under his belt, a beautiful wife and talent that is only expanding and maturing to award-winning heights.

When I was younger, I played the piano and wrote my own music, my teacher said I had promise. Then, I went on to high school and there was no longer enough time in the day for making music, there was only time for hanging with friends and doing my best rendition of a really cool person. Playing classical music didn’t seem cool – especially when everyone around me was sitting in their bedrooms, listening to Nirvana and brooding – at an age when there was really nothing to brood over. Imagine a time when the only thing to really worry about was what others thought of us – what a luxury.

The lesson I took from this, is that no matter how uncool something seems (like my strange obsession with watching tap-dancing), we have to fill as many hours as we can with the things that give us child-like joy. Looking back, they will be the only moments that could not possibly hold any regret.

And one day, we could be rewarded for following our joy, instead of following the crowd.

Much love, Katie x

Image credit: gq.com

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Hi, I’m Katie. I am a kiwi neuroscientist with a love for consuming and creating content. This site is where I share my personal thoughts and the thoughts of incredible minds from around the world. PhD in Neuroscience, University of Otago.

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