HAPPINESS: Step into who you are! Viola Davis-Oscar Nominee

By Aliker David Martin

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.  ~Agnes Repplier

“Be who you are” These were the words of Viola David’s husband. Viola was the best picture nominee “The Help” and best actress nominee at the Oscars 2012 Award Ceremony. To get nominated in any Oscar Awards is a great accomplishment in the movie industry. Other than the beauty and glamour of the Oscars, Viola’s perspective of self was outstanding. Whoever walked on the red carpet at the Oscars exuded excellence self but Viola decided to rock the occasion in her natural cropped hairstyle.

In an interview Viola said,” I felt like this project forced me to step into who I was, the choice of playing a maid in 1963,with a broken dialect and having to defend my choice”. Life indeed is a theatre, we find ourselves playing different roles before our audiences. The lesson from Viola is to be who you are. Growing up in Africa, we tried to be anything we watched on television. The same applies to the young people today. They try to be what they are not hence remaining mediocre. I am sure if Michael Jordan tried to be Michael Jackson, he would have failed miserably. But he chose to be himself. We are all unique in different ways, so strive to be the best that you can be and not the best you can be of another person.

Ziggy Marley, the son of legendary Bob Marley sung a song True To Myself .He encourages us to do what we feel and not fool ourselves because he can’t make us happy if he is not happy. Therefore, be yourself and when you find happiness, you will make others happy. Stars like Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson and Viola Davis were true to themselves and found happiness before they could make us Happy.




12 comments on “HAPPINESS: Step into who you are! Viola Davis-Oscar Nominee

  1. fgassette says:

    I was so glad to see Viola Davis with her natural hair. Her decision to be herself brought out how beautiful she really is. I tell my grandchildren all the time how important it is for them to be true to who they are and not try to follow the crowd. This was a good teaching point for them. Thanks for your post.


  2. granbee says:

    Oh, happinessnest, you have made me cry! I am so touched you would highlight this actress from The Help, the book being written by a member of the family of my first piano teacher near Jackson,MS. I unfortunately knew way too much about what went on behind closed kitchen and nursery room doors in those tree-lined streets in Jackson,MS in the 60s! So true that we must follow our own hearts, our own dreams ALWAYS and ALWAYS!

    • gethappy says:

      I surely get how you feel.I honestly got moved by her choice and courage to change the perception in hollywood that it has to be artificial to be accepted in the showbiz world.The choice to go natural was most outstanding to me in the whole award ceremony.Thanks for sharing

  3. Madeline Lund says:

    Thanks for the word about the truth that we need to hear often–be ourselves! Shakespeare: “to thine own self be true for then thou canst be false to anyone” is what I think of over and over again. This fatherly advice in Hamlet is good advice that we need to hear regularly and in different ways. Our various “audiences” want to make us into what they want to see. Some accommodation to enable real communication is important, but if we give up the essence of ourselves we become actors or worse–puppets of the whims of others. It is hard, if not impossible, to be content when this occurs. Thanks again!

    • gethappy says:

      Thanks so much for that Shakespeare quote, I love shakespeare books and studied it in school. i could not say it any better than cite shakespeare’s thoughts on being yourself 🙂

  4. Jennifer Vidal says:

    As always, Aliker, beautiful post! I think it is the fake looks from celebrities and magazines from all around the world what is making our young generation literally sick, so it is great when a celebrity makes such a powerful statement by saying it and by showing it!
    BTW, I love her dress, especially, the color of it; I LOVE emerald green color 🙂

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