At 70 years old Diane Keaton looks as beautiful as ever, however, her true beauty comes from her life lessons on ditching insecurities and embracing imperfection. Keaton’s personality and wisdom on aging shines bright casting light on those who are close to her and many who adore her on and off screen. Want to know her motivating factors and how she gets better with every passing year? So did we! Here is a look inside what makes Diane so darn lovable.
Her book “Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty” on aging gracefully, empowerment, and embracing your true self.
Over the years, Keaton has experienced the up’s and downs of fame, motherhood and relationships in a world obsessed with outer beauty. In her quirky memoir “Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty”, Diane divulges her deepest regrets, joys and the bold choices she’s made as she navigated relationships in and out of the spotlight. Her manner of writing allows readers to relate to her life stories as she takes them on soulful journey encouraging others (including herself) to forego societies expectations of what we are told we “should be”. Diane confesses that it took her time to realize the immense importance of discovering inner beauty. Now that she is considered to be in her “golden years” she is able to share wisdoms worth their weight.
Her Mother’s life and struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease
Diane Keaton’s mother, Dorothy Keaton Hall dedicated her life to championing her children and giving them the childhood she was unable to have. Hall documented her and her children’s experiences, hopes, dreams and severe struggles. Through 85 different journals she wrote for over approximately 40 years time. When Dorothy discovered she had Alzheimer’s in the summer of 1993, she continued to write, admittedly scared to loose her mind. The disease progressed slowly throughout years but she wrote on as her language dwindled to simple sentences, then words andfinally on numbers. Dorothy passed in 2008 after a 15 year Alzheimer battle. Diane poured through her mothers countless pages and wrote a memoir entitled “Then Again”, in her honor. The chronicles intertwined Keaton’s accounts along with those of Dorothy’s. There is much one can take away from Hall and her struggles, however, one single word stood tall against the rest..possibly her most cherished word, a word she scribbled until her final years, a word worth remembering: THINK. Thinking, questioning, growing and learning, these are the wisdoms age bequeathes us.
Favorite Diane Quotes:
“The best and most authentic thing about a face is its ability to express feelings.”
“Memories are simply moments that refuse to be ordinary”
“I never understood the idea that you’re supposed to mellow as you get older. Slowing down isn’t something I relate to at all. The goal is to continue in good and bad, all of it.”
“What is perfection, anyway? It’s the death of creativity, that’s what I think, while change on the other hand, is the cornerstone of new ideas. God knows I want new ideas and new experiences”
“A sense of freedom is something that, happily, comes with age and life experience.”
“The best part is that I’m still here and, because the end is in sight, I treasure it all more.”
“I have a policy about fear: It cripples the soul, so you just have to fight it.”