I just came across this, which I thought was pretty cool:
What I've Learned: Michael J. Fox
Right now, Iím feeling pretty good. Itís just one little thing in my brain.
If I let it affect everything, itís gonna own everything. I donít deny it or pretend itís not there, but if I donít allow it to be bigger than it is, then I can do everything else.
My body is an isometric exercise, because Iím always putting pressure against things. Whatever Iím doing at any given time, Iím also doing something else -- Iíve always got this thing going on.
The thing I miss most is spontaneity -- just kind of saying, **** it, letís go to Vegas. I canít really do that.
I got a Ď67 Mustang, but Iím not driving it much. My wife gave it to me for my thirty-fifth birthday, so Iíve had it for eleven years, but even when she gave it to me, it came with vintage plates, which was kinda distressing -- a car thatís six years younger than me is a registered antique.
There was this image of me as this kind of cute Ďní cuddly guy, which in as far as it got me laid, I didnít mind it too much. It made me party harder.
People said, ďDoes it bother you that girls want to sleep with you because youíre famous?Ē ďThatís a tough one. Lemme think about that. No.ď
I knew I had something more going on than just being cute. What was tough about that for me was growing up playing hockey, coming from Canada, leaving at eighteen, all that stuff. I was a beer drinker and a chain-smoker, and Iíd been in my share of scraps when I was a kid. So I kinda saw myself as a little bit of a hard guy, you know?
I canít always control my body the way I want to, and I canít control when I feel good or when I donít. I can control how clear my mind is. And I can control how willing I am to step up if somebody needs me.
Thatís one of the things the illness has given me: Itís a degree of death. Thereís a certain amount of loss, and whenever you have a loss, itís a step toward death. So if you can accept loss, you can accept the fact that thereís gonna be the big loss. Once you can accept that, you can accept anything. So then I think, Well, given that thatís the case, letís tip myself a break. Letís tip everybody a break.
My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.
Acceptance is the key to everything.
Which isnít to say that Iím resigned to it, or that Iíve given up on it, or that I donít think I have any effect on the outcome of it. Itís just that, as a reality, I get it.
Who gives a **** how it looks? It doesnít matter. I look like what I look like.
If you donít have someone calling you on your ****, youíre lost.
I canít be smug, because I know that you can lose anything at any point. And I canít be angry, because I havenít lost it.
I started golf in my forties, which is the ultimate optimism.
My whole life, meeting people is like a blind date, because I feel like theyíve already seen the video on me.
I say to my son, ďMy tattoo is that I donít have a tattoo.Ē I just about got a tattoo when my dad passed away, because he had one, a horseís head surrounded by a horseshoe with roses -- he was a jockey before he went into the military. So when he passed away, I just about went downtown and got a tattoo of a horse with roses. Iím glad I didnít -- because I was drunk outta my ass.
Discipline is just doing the same thing the right way whether anyoneís watching or not.
I was never big on lunch boxes and all that stuff, and I look at it now and think, God, how much money I turned down. Oh, ****, Iíd do it in a heartbeat now.
I realized very quickly that I had no idea what the hell was good for me to do. You have no idea. The things you do -- you do some things for money, you do some things for free. Itís a very difficult place to be. But on the other hand, itís so much fun. You realize, Thereís no way I should be allowed to do it, and Iím gonna watch everybody let me do it -- and I can get a giggle out of how itís killing them.
I make no bones about the fact that I stopped drinking. That was the key to everything. Until I did that, I just couldnít have the clarity.
I had to choose not to party anymore. I couldíve chosen to continue doing that, but that wouldíve been destructive. Who wants to be a clichť?
Iím driving the Ferrari down Ventura Boulevard ninety miles an hour and the cop goes, ďMike! Címon, take it easy, youíre gonna hurt somebody.Ē I remember sitting there after the cop walked away, going, ďThis is just seriously ****ed up. This is really crazy.Ē Itís one of those moments when you realize that the only thing thatís ever going to stop me from doing whatever I want to do is me -- and I donít want the job.
No matter how much money you have, you can lose it.
No matter how much fame you have, itís not something that belongs to you. If Iím famous, that doesnít belong to me -- that belongs to you. If you canít remember who I am, Iím no longer famous.
I see Us magazine and People magazine and all these tabloids -- they have the same story over and over again. Itís the same every week, and I get all kind of smug about it, and I think, Come on, really? You care about this ****? But then cut to me going, ďGet outta the corner! Get the ****iní puck up! What the **** are ya doing?Ē Itís tough to stay off the subject of the fact that weíre all gonna die. We all need our subject changers. Thatís what it all comes down to.
The thing with Limbaugh was so interesting. I didnít even have to say anything. People said to me, ďDonít ya hate the guy?Ē I was like, ďI canít get it up to hate the guy.Ē I know itís a racket, I know itís a job -- itís show business, and thatís fine. Letís take it as show business.
People wanted me to rip him apart. The truth is, Limbaugh is ripping himself apart well enough for all of us.
Six months in the jungle with Sean Penn is tricky, but heís a real talented guy. I sent him a note at the end of it saying, ďI canít say that it was a pleasure, but it was a privilege.Ē
I have this Bose Sirius radio, and I put it on Classic Vinyl and get my guitar and just play along with it -- itís all twelve-bar blues -- and for hours I just do that.
Iím not in the widget business anymore. I have no widgets to sell.
I had lunch with Sean when I was trying to decide whether to go back and do Spin City. I said, ďI just want to pick your brain.Ē Heís a brilliant guy and a great artist and an honest fella in a great way. I said, ďIím trying to figure out whether to go back and do this TV show,Ē and he gets this smile on his face and he goes, ďWell, it is the most successful part of your gift.Ē Brilliant. What I love is that I could hear that and laugh my ass off and say, ď**** youĒ -- but I so appreciate people that think on that level.
I always wanted to do a short film about Petomane, the flatulist. Petomane was the guy who could do the ď1812 OvertureĒ out of his ass.
When I see pictures of Lindsay Lohan in the car or Paris Hilton -- the level of glee and the level of viciousness -- wow. Weíve got a war goiní on. Weíve got people dying. And weíre all up in arms about this girl.
I have such empathy for all these young women. I was there, and I did all that crap. Weíd rip it up, yíknow? And we never got busted on any of that stuff.
ďShe deserves itĒ and ďWho does she think she is?Ē Who does she think she is? She doesnít think -- she doesnít know what she had for breakfast this morning. Who gives a ****? Relax, everybody. Calm down.
Whatever terrible thing is going on, itís going on until you find out that itís not. So get to that part as quickly as possible.
I donít know of anyone thatís had a perfect run.
Iím an American citizen since Ď99. Iím happy because I get to vote. Thereís a lot of years that I paid for a lot of stuff that I didnít like; I like having a say in it.
It started the summer before last summer, when the president vetoed the first Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. He had these families around him, these ďsnowflake babies,Ē which presented it like it was an either/or situation and the two were mutually exclusive. It was just such manipulation, and it just pissed me off so much.
Iím not looking at polling, I donít have to play any of these games, I donít have to worry about whether Iím on message or off message. Iím just saying, Hey, can we look at this for a second?
I donít really consider myself a political animal. I try not to be grandiose about that. Itís like the barn is burning down and youíve got the bucket of water. I donít know how I got this bucket of water, I donít remember going to get it, but itís in my hand, so I guess Iíve gotta throw it.
I have to think of myself as a regular human being.