Anthony Hopkins Gave Brad Pitt Some Sage Advice On The Legends Of The Fall Set

Most of us unnecessarily burden ourselves with so many expectations for how our lives are meant to play out; we are constantly striving for more or better. While this mindset is usually applied to finances, I mean more in quality of life and love. Being content in your situation seems antithetical to how society wants us to continuously want. If something doesn’t go the way you hoped, you resent it. People look for sages, gurus, and mantras to ease their burdens, but all you have to do is listen to Anthony Hopkins. Brad Pitt did, and in speaking with Hopkins for Interview Magazine, he recalled the advice that helped shape how he approaches life:

“‘F*** it.’ That was one of the first things I heard you say, back during ‘Legends of the Fall’ when I was just getting my opportunity. And it always stuck with me. It seems to be a theme, a guiding principle. ‘F*** it.'”

Yes, the advice is rather blunt, but why come up with a complicated, flowery way of saying something so simple? “F*** it” is all you need. If something is stressing you out, clouding your mind, or preventing you from enjoying your life, just say, “F*** it.” Life is too short to not push the things aside that make your life difficult. Obviously, this cannot be taken as a substitute for mental health issues requiring therapy or medication, but for the trivialities of life that pop up which we transform from molehill into mountain, I honestly cannot think of a better mantra. If Brad Pitt still holds onto it a quarter of a century after he first heard it, clearly it made some difference.

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