Angelina Jolie may not have always had a squeaky clean image, but these days she couldn't be a better role model. And now, she's reminding us all of exactly how brave she is. In an op-ed for The New York Times, Angelina Jolie wrote openly about her close call with ovarian cancer that ultimately led to her having both of her ovaries removed along with her fallopian tubes, just two years after undergoing a double mastectomy thanks to her family history of cancer. Obviously, taking control of the risks of scary diseases like cancer is something we don't talk about enough, and Jolie making it her mission to pave the way for that conversation to happen? That's a huge deal.
Jolie has become an incredible example of what a truly strong woman is, so it's not surprising that this essay isn't the first time she's spoken out on the importance of taking control of your own life. In fact, her words on strength and survival are very inspiring, regardless of what situation you're going through.
Next time you've hit a rough patch or you're grappling with a huge life decision, turn to Jolie's words of wisdom. Trust me, they'll make you feel like anything is possible. And then? Go out there and live your life, because Jolie would want you to!
On Life's Challenges
Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of.
— The New York Times, "My Medical Choice," 2013
On Being Whoever You Want To Be
Every day we choose who we are by how we define ourselves.
— Elle, 2014
On Living Life To The Fullest
I realized that very young — that a life where you don't live to your full potential, or you don't experiment, or you're afraid, or you hesitate, or there are things you know you should do but you just don't get around to them, is a life that I'd be miserable living, and the only way to feel that I'm on the right path is just to be true to myself, whatever that may be, and that tends to come with stepping out of something that's maybe safe or traditional.
— Elle, 2014
On Staying Strong Through Bad Times
Our faith and the strength of the human spirit... can actually pull us through — it has in the past — and it's something to remember in our dark hours, that this exists. And I wanted to put that out into the world because I think we all need that right now.
— NPR, 2014
On Picking Yourself Back Up
We have a choice about how we take what happens to us in our life and whether or not we allow it to turn us. We can become consumed by hate and darkness, or we're able to regain our humanity somehow, or come to terms with things and learn something about ourselves.
— Psychologies Magazine (via Shape ), 2014
On Feeling Lost
Anytime I feel lost, I pull out a map and stare. I stare until I have reminded myself that life is a giant adventure, so much to do, to see.
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