“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.” Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette
Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, (1873-1954) was a French author, mime, actress, journalist and woman of letters. Known simply as ‘Colette”, she lived during a time of great change and through the tragic upheaval of two world wars. And yet, she stated “Be happy. It’s one way of being wise”
Even though we are nearing the 150th anniversary of her birth, Colette remains an icon and an indisputably formidable woman. Despite being positioned in the centre stage of controversy, she moved forward with determination. Colette was best known for her 1944 novella Gigi which was played by a young and then unknown, Audrey Hepburn. Unknown that is, until Colette, when she was being pushed in her wheelchair through the lobby of a hotel, happened to spot Audrey Hepburn dancing off to the side.
“To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly.”
Colette’s most profound thought for me is, “What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” It is when I look back that I am astonished by the richness of life that has come to me through my family and friends. Colette reminds me to recognize the beauty of the moments with each breath taken.