And, don’t be afraid to fall in love.

Of her list of lessons Gwyneth Paltrow listed off in Country Strong, while she stood in Leighton Meister’s dressing room hours before she commits suicide, falling in love was by far my favorite. Every time I watch it, I have to replay this part about 5 times.

She paused long and hard and softly revealed the tricks and truths of life. In 7 simple words.

Don’t be afraid to fall in love.

“It’s the only thing that matters in life. The only thing, do you understand what I’m telling you?”

… And then she paused again. Long.

Country strong

“You just fall in love with as many things as possible.”

Because if you fall in love with as many things as possible, like an early cup of coffee; the way yellow Fall leaves brush up on your toes as you walk through the sidewalk; the sun shining above bluffs, with a cool breeze on your face, and knowing this is your home; crawling into bed after a long day and sighing; getting a comment on your lead in the front cover story of the newspaper, then everything else in life falls into place. If you’re too busy loving little things, the big things seem oddly unnecessary — or, at least, unworthy of being worried about. Then you start to love the big things and everything in between.

You just have to fall in love with as many things as possible.


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