In May 2013, Christopher Lee released a heavy metal album called ‘Charlemagne: The Omens of Death’. At the time, he was ninety-one years old.
Born in 1922, Christopher Lee spent his life dedicated to his goals and his passions. He put all of his energy into the projects he undertook and showed total commitment to every decision he made. After supporting the UK in the Second World War, he devoted the rest of his life to creative projects of all kinds. While acting was his passion, he also wrote novels and played music.
He is most famously known for his role as Hammer Horror’s Dracula, Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun and Saruman in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
He died in early June 2015, an icon of British cinema and an idol to anyone with an ambitious creative output. His commitment, his versatility and his unending love for his craft has been an inspiration to all kinds of people.
“WE DON’T ALWAYS GET THE KIND OF WORK WE WANT, BUT WE ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE OF WHETHER TO DO IT WITH GOOD GRACE OR NOT”
The way we behave when life isn’t going our way defines us more clearly than anything else. You can choose to throw fits because you’re not getting what you want, or you can choose to find a way to make the situation work for you. For most people, you have to do some difficult or undesirable things before life gets easy. Facing those challenges with creative thought and acceptance will reflect the true depth of your commitment.
“IF I HAD ANY DEADLY SECRETS, I WOULDN’T STILL BE ALIVE”
While some things can be difficult to share, the only way to hang onto the trust of the people around you is to approach them with openness and honesty. Keeping things from people poisons relationships and can be what tears others from your life. Being prepared to share those things about you which you are most ashamed or afraid shows how much you really care about your friends.
“THE THING I HAVE ALWAYS TRIED TO DO IS SURPRISE PEOPLE: TO PRESENT THEM WITH SOMETHING THEY DIDN’T EXPECT”
It takes a lot to impress people with talent alone, but it takes a whole lot more to do something so unique and surprising that you’ll make a permanent impression. But it’s worth making that extra effort to stand out. It’s worth being that person who is so good at what they do that people can’t help but remember you.
“ONE SHOULD TRY ANYTHING HE CAN IN HIS CAREER, EXCEPT FOLK DANCE AND INCEST”
While it’s important to remember that some things are not worth their repercussions, for the vast majority of things, there is no harm in giving it a go, just once. To see if you like it. To see if you’re good at it. To see what it’s like. To experience as much as you can, to experience life to its fullest.
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