In my book, you will meet a little girl named Viola who ran from her past until she made a life-changing decision to stop running forever.
This is my story, from a crumbling apartment in Central Falls, Rhode Island, to the stage in New York City, and beyond. This is the path I took to finding my purpose but also my voice in a world that didn’t always see me.
As I wrote Finding Me, my eyes were open to the truth of how our stories are often not given close examination. We are forced to reinvent them to fit into a crazy, competitive, judgmental world. So I wrote this for anyone running through life untethered, desperate and clawing their way through murky memories, trying to get to some form of self-love. For anyone who needs reminding that a life worth living can only be born from radical honesty and the courage to shed facades and be . . . you.
Finding Me is a deep reflection, a promise, and a love letter of sorts to self. My hope is that my story will inspire you to light up your own life with creative expression and rediscover who you were before the world put a label on you.
Synopsis source: Goodreads
Wow. Just wow. I read/listened to this book/audiobook at the recommendation of my friend, Amanda. The written words are powerful, but hearing them in the author’s own voice was even more impactful.
I don’t know what I was expecting from this book. I guess I imagined something more along the lines of Michelle Obama’s story but with a show business angle. I thought we’d get a history of her work and career detailing how she became famous, but what we got was so much more. We got a glimpse into a life of extreme poverty with no holds barred grit. Davis doesn’t shy away from the ugly stuff. She owns it, acknowledging how it shaped her in both positive and negative ways, but moreover she shines as an example courage, forgiveness, and love, especially self-love.
Viola Davis is incredibly strong. To have gone through the things she did, to have overcome the things she did, and to still have the ability to love and hope is a miracle. If nothing else, let this book serve as a reminder:
1. that you never really know what another person is going through, so be kind and spread love.
2. that mental and emotional health is crucial and it is okay to seek help.
3. that what happens to you does not mean that’s who you are.
Until next time, be kind to yourself.
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