Happy Birthday Clint Eastwood

Posted on June 1, 2010

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Clint Eastwood is eighty years old and still hard at work. What drives him?

“As I get older, I tend to put more into family than I used to. Because when I was younger, I was looking to get the brass ring, and like every actor, you think every job’s your last job. So when you get the brass ring, you play the hand for as long as you can. And then one day you wake up and realize, ‘Jesus, I’ve been doing this a long time, and I’m still playing the hand. Why not just keep rolling? There’s no reason to have anxieties.’ So what drives me? I like working. That’s when I’m feeling my best. And the people around me know that. My wife knows that. But she knows I’m a loyal citizen to the family. And that wasn’t necessarily a given thing. That was acquired.” – GQ Magazine

I have been doing this construction gig for close to a month now, and the desire to work is definitely a motivator to stick with it. I grew up working. My father always had something for me to do, for as long as I can remember. And if I had friends over, we could tackle even bigger projects! As I got older, my friends started inviting me over to their homes more often, rather than coming over to my place. They wanted to come over and hang out, not come over and work an hour beforehand. When I did get the opportunity to run over to their place, I still had to take care of something before I left. And if there wasn’t really anything that needed to be done, my dad would find something to do. Even if it was scouring the yard for limbs, which there would only be one of, and having a chance to talk for a bit. It wouldn’t have been so bad if I wasn’t trying to get out of the house and see my friends. I wouldn’t have learned anything had it been at any other time though.

From picking up those hundreds and thousands of limbs, I learned two crucial life lessons. I learned that Hard Work allows you to live. And I learned that Family makes life worth living.

Happy Birthday Clint. You’re living life the way it was meant to be lived.

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