Greenlights Author:Matthew McConaughey From the Academy Award®–winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction — I’ve been in this life for fifty years, been trying to work out its riddle for forty-two, and been keeping diaries of clues to that riddle for ... more »the last thirty-five. Notes about successes and failures, joys and sorrows, things that made me marvel, and things that made me laugh out loud. How to be fair. How to have less stress. How to have fun. How to hurt people less. How to get hurt less. How to be a good man. How to have meaning in life. How to be more me.
Recently, I worked up the courage to sit down with those diaries. I found stories I experienced, lessons I learned and forgot, poems, prayers, prescriptions, beliefs about what matters, some great photographs, and a whole bunch of bumper stickers. I found a reliable theme, an approach to living that gave me more satisfaction, at the time, and still: If you know how, and when, to deal with life’s challenges—how to get relative with the inevitable—you can enjoy a state of success I call “catching greenlights.”
So I took a one-way ticket to the desert and wrote this book: an album, a record, a story of my life so far. This is fifty years of my sights and seens, felts and figured-outs, cools and shamefuls. Graces, truths, and beauties of brutality. Getting away withs, getting caughts, and getting wets while trying to dance between the raindrops.
Hopefully, it’s medicine that tastes good, a couple of aspirin instead of the infirmary, a spaceship to Mars without needing your pilot’s license, going to church without having to be born again, and laughing through the tears.
It’s a love letter. To life.
It’s also a guide to catching more greenlights—and to realizing that the yellows and reds eventually turn green too.
Good book made up with interesting insights. I enjoyed most of this book. It was crazy to see Matthew's upbringing. It just goes to show you can grow up with a dysfunctional childhood and turn out fine. I also like the advice and input that Matthew gave as well. Even though I didn't agree with some of the things he said, there was a lot that opened my mind up when, I myself, am going through a difficult time. I've always liked how McConaughey seemed to do what he wanted and not what everyone else wanted (especially Hollywood). I was impressed with how he thanked God at the Oscars. He was applauded for it and also berated. Yet, he held true. I found it a bit weird that when he did the appreciations in the back of the book, God was not of them. Makes me wonder if he changed his religious view or if big Hollywood actually swayed him. Who knows... still a good book and still think he is a class A actor.