What one of America's greatest female cinema film legends, Audrey Hepburn, had to say about life.
Audrey Hepburn is one of the greatest female screen legends of all time and an eternal fashion icon. Who can ever forget, Sabrina, Eliza Doolittle singing “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and the elegant little black dress made famous by Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany’s?
Along with her glorious film career, in 1992 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in impoverished countries and populations, notably in Asia, Africa and South America.
Here’s her philosophy on life.
1. Be radiant
“Make-up can only make you look pretty on the outside but it doesn’t help if you are ugly on the inside. Unless you eat the make-up.” ~ Audrey Hepburn
And that is probably not a very good idea, either! We probably already all know this. While men and women alike may be at first be visually attracted to a woman, any man will tell you that the sexiest, the most sensual, the most feminine and the most attractive women are the ones who show up natural, confident, vulnerable and true to their own self. All the make-up in the world will not make a sad, fearful, unhappy or negative woman radiate her true essence and power.
2. Own Your Style
“Why change? Everyone has his own style. When you have found it, you should stick to it.” ~ Audrey Hepburn
In other words, live your life on your terms, your standards and follow your deepest desires and dreams without questioning what others think. Own your unique style and be it with confidence and joy. No one can resist those two qualities in anyone!
3. Enjoy Every Moment In The Present
“Pick the day. Enjoy it to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come. The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.” ~ Audrey Hepburn
Rather than dwell on the past, honor it and put it into perspective. Stow your baggage properly, let go of what doesn’t serve you and cleat the way for the present. The future will take care of itself when you are present to the possibilities that you create NOW.
4. Be Kind
“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm. As you get older, remember you have another hand. The first is to help yourself; the second is to help others.” ~ Audrey Hepburn
Be true to yourself, your soul, your spirit, mind and body. When everything is in alignment, you are free to not only give but receive gracefully and allow others to help you, too. Life is an eternal exchange.
5. See The Beauty And Love In Others
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
~ Audrey Hepburn
Others are our mirrors to ourselves and to the world as we perceive it. Focus on the absolute abundance of good in another, of kindness and compassion, even if it may show up in a way that you might not recognize, and know that without relationships and community we perish. Be love and you will receive more love than you could ever imagine and you will never be alone.
6. Do Your Own Thing
“I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people’s minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing.” ~ Audrey Hepburn
Always trust that doing your own thing is the only way to be. Humbleness is in knowing that you are living life on your terms and marching to the tune of your own drummer. The choices you make in life and the experiences you have had and created may seem extraordinary to another person, when in your mind, you were just doing what you had or wanted to do because you are wired that way. The only thing stopping anyone from doing what their heart desires and living the life they want is what is in their mind, the stories they tell themselves and fear.
7. Say “Yes” To Life Unconditionally
When we approach life with a “YES,” the universe responds with abundance. The only expectation is that unconditional love is the birthright of every living creature and that life is filled with abundance when we accept that we are deserving of receiving abundance and give freely of our love to others.
Words to live by, wouldn't you agree? Which one of her lessons will you carry forth into your life?
To living the live of your dreams!