I thought it weird that she married Billy Bob Thornton and even weirder that she wore a vile of his blood around her neck. Fast forward a few years and then, like so many others I thought her a home wrecker, solely responsible for the break up of golden couple Brad and Jen. I was ‘team Jen’ all the way. I didn’t have a clue as to whom these people really were. I had no idea about what really happened and my greatest source of information was from various tabloid magazines, which most likely had no clue either. When she married Brad I was, apparently just like his mum, a little disappointed that such a nice bloke could be ‘taken in’ by this woman whom seemed out for just her own self and self interests. When it all fell to pieces, no doubt just like Jen I thought ‘well what did you expect?’….
But today, so many years later I sat down and watched a speech which had been sent to me. It was of Angelina receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 2013 Governors Awards during the Oscars that year. So clearly the question is ‘where have I been for the past six years?’ and secondly, why am I only seeing this now?
They say that good speeches can change your life, shape your views, and change your mindset. I won’t say her speech changed my life but it did change my view. In three minutes I went from all of the above to thinking, ‘wow this woman is impressive’.
Amongst all the acting, all the glitz and glamour, the fame and the fortune this woman is espousing the need to be of service to others. She talks about gratitude and fortune and her mother’s words telling her that: “Nothing would mean anything if I didn't live a life of use to others".
Whatever she had accumulated in material terms was insignificant. What mattered most was to be of service to those less fortunate. To enable those who don’t have a voice to be heard.
She spoke of women she had met in refugee camps, women just like herself and she questioned why did she have the life she did, and they the life they did. She questioned how fortunate she was; indeed she told the audience that they too were just as fortunate to be born in a place where opportunity abounds.
Mahatma Gandhi once said: ‘The best place to find yourself is to lose yourself in the services of others’. Not unlike the words that Angelina’s mother once said to her. And it is true - I firmly believe that no matter what we have achieved, what wealth we have accumulated, what accolades we have been given, the best thing we can do for own our self, our own soul is to be of service to others. As Barak Obama has said: ‘With great power comes great responsibility’ (and yes - Spider- Man was the source). Indeed it does.