Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Meryl said it, so I don't have to.

I read this on Facebook yesterday and, while I can't definitively attribute the quote to Meryl Streep, I'm posting it, anyway. It so completely describes how I feel these days at 58, defining an attitude I struggle not think of as, well, bitchy, for lack of a better word. (And there HAS to be a better word, right?)
“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.” 
- Meryl Streep
Thank you, Meryl... if it was, in fact, you who said it. (You never know on the interwebs.) The quote has a certain negative bent to it with so many 'no's and 'nots,' but the message is positive:  Life's short. Live it your way.

2 comments:

Carol Starr Schneider said...

Sums up a lot of my sentiments too. "Why bother!"

Anonymous said...

Just turned 65. My sentiments exactly!