Okay, so hear me out.
Over the past weekend I caught up on a much wanted to see trilogy of movies: John Wick. I love me some action films, and if you want to throw the most lovable actor, some underground illegal dealings, and a cute puppy to it, I’m more than down.
After the three movies I immediately wanted to look into a John Wick workout plan because, holy crap! The amount of flexibility, stamina, and overall brute strength involved in some of the fighting was incredible! I mean, Keanu Reeves is 55 years old and he was kicking ass like someone in their mid 20s. It was amazing!
But there’s far more to the man than just his acting or his impeccable stunting ability. He’s probably one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood because he’s so much more different than most other actors. Even the New Yorker wrote an article about how Keanu Reeves is Too Good for This World because of just how incredible this man is. I think this quote from the article sums things up pretty good:
The image of him that emerges from these anecdotes is of a considerate man who is aware of his status as a celebrity but doesn’t take advantage of it, and who is generous but careful with his presence.
So, how could the world be a better place if we all lived a little more like Keanu Reeves?
Give to Others
One of the biggest thing about Keanu Reeves that seems to shock a lot of people is that he actually gives away a good portion of his income to charities and other philanthropic ventures. “But most celebrities donate to charity!” you might say. True, many of them do, and many are spokespersons for various causes. However, the thing that makes Keanu different is that he did all of this without being in the public eye.
One of the biggest things he does is donate to children’s hospitals. He’s been doing this for years in secret because he doesn’t care that his name is attached to the donation, just that the organizations get the money they need. He’s been generous throughout his whole career. He invested back into the Matrix movies, has helped out cast and crew when needed, bought his mom a house, bought some stunt crew motorcycles, and so on. If you want to read more about the generosity of this man, read this article here.
Want to live more like Keanu? Consider donating to a charity or organization in need. It could be by giving them your time, or a monetary donation.
Because Keanu is such a giving person, he actually has given a way a huge chunk of is income. He made $114 Million dollars from the Matrix series and donated away $80 million of it. Most of us would be happy for just a fraction of the left over $34 million, and it seems Keanu believes so too. A quote from him that keeps showing up when I was looking at articles about him is this:
“Money is the last thing I think about. I could live on what I have already made for the next few centuries.”
I think that’s an incredibly fair statement. He’s notorious for being seen on public transit and has been known to have a packed lunch on a park bench (Sad Keanu meme, anyone?). Most of his life isn’t flashy. He has his mansion, (though I think you kind of have to have one as a movie star, right?) and probably splurges the most on his love of motorcycles, but overall is a very frugal person.
Keanu has been through some tough shit in his life. He’s been hit with quite a few tragedies and usually when someone goes through traumatic experience after traumatic experience, they can get bitter, resentful, and even just mean.
But as we can all see, Keanu isn’t any of those things. In fact, he’s pretty much the opposite. He took his trauma and pain and grief and channeled it to become a better person. You can either let that pain dictate your life or help make you a better person. It’s going to be hard, and won’t be fun, just take it one day at a time .
It seems that he takes any chance he can get to just be a genuine caring person:
Reeves was on a flight between San Francisco and Los Angeles that was grounded due to a mechanical fault. Instead of pulling rank with some “Do you know who I am?” A-list entitlement, Reeves encouraged his fellow passengers to board a van with him so they could drive to LA, keeping the mood up by sharing fun local facts and playing music from his iPhone. [x]
If you slowly incorporate a few acts of kindness in your life, not only will it make those around you feel better, it will help you feel better as well! And you’ll be on your way to being just a little more like Keanu.
Keep Your Private Life Private
Probably the biggest thing about Keanu Reeves is that he is very adamant at keeping his private life private. And you know what? I respect the hell out of that.
Not to sound like someone’s grandparent, but, nowadays social media has taken over our lives. Most kids haven’t seen a world without it, and sharing details of their every day life has become the norm. I know not everyone shares every excruciating detail of their life on instagram or tweets every new idea on twitter, but the overall atmosphere that if ‘you aren’t sharing your life with the world, have you really lived?’ is something most of us can related to.
This is something I would like to incorporate more into my life. While I love the idea of posting things online for the blog or for my personal social media accounts, I’m going to ask myself “does the world really need to know this?”.
Keanu is the enigma of celebrities because he values his privacy and actually keeps his private life private. Apparently he’s not that big of a fan of email and prefers typewriters over instant communication methods. While I don’t think I could give up email or texting, I have noticed how the instant gratification of constant communication has affected my life.
So next time you’re going to post your dinner on instagram, or argue back with that idiot on facebook, take a moment to ask yourself if it’s really necessary to do it. Do you really want everyone you’re connected with online to know/see these things? Maybe keep some of the drama offline for a bit.
Do you think that if we all lived a little more like Keanu the world would be a better place? Let me know in the comments!
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