As much as you might have it together, you might think that you don’t have much in common with actress-turned-humanitarian Angelina Jolie. The Hollywood It Girl and frankly, my all-time girl crush, has won an Oscar, has been married to Brad Pitt and has tackled some meaty roles, after all.
But as it turns out, you might be able to relate to Jolie more than you think. The mother of six is juggling her role as a new single parent, as a working actress and a volunteer. And apparently, she’s really nice.
Here are seven things that one of the most sought-after actresses has to teach us:
1. Life is short–keep it full
Jolie’s life is bursting at the seams with acting, directing, humanitarian work, parenting and guest-lecturing on women’s rights at the London School of Economics. Just when you don’t think you can do any more, there’s always more to pack it in.
Remember, life is short–make the most of it by taking on what you want to. Don’t let life pass you by because others may think that your plate is too full. Listen to your heart.
2. Sometimes, you have to just do your best
Jolie recently admitted to Vanity Fair magazine that life after Brad Pitt has been challenging for her entire family. She said she’s just doing her best. When things are going tough, remember that everyone, even the most gorgeous and talented of actresses, have their own challenges and struggles. You are not alone.
3. Children are the future–raise them well
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s children would have access to travel, experiences, private tutors and material things that normal children wouldn’t. Yet the six kids are reported to be polite, kind, and normal.
No matter what your background or your income is, don’t spoil your children. Teach your children empathy, give them experiences instead of things and show them that good manners are always appropriate, no matter how wealthy you are.