It was a few days ago that I stumbled across this video of Sharon stone: Her Thank You speech for receiving the GQ Men of Year 2019 – Woman of the Year. And I was really impressed by her speech, her words, her fierceness, the way she had transformed from being a joke to become women of the year 2019. Her famous moment I trust you have all still in mind, and if not I recommend you to watch Basic Instinct, a blockbuster out of the early 90, where Sharon Stone had to slowly cross her legs.
Before the scene was shot, the (male) director had asked her to take off her underpants. It took her less than five seconds to do something what was going to shape the perceptions of her in public and may have a had livelong impact on her private life as well. It certainly made her go through a roller coaster of emotions. Since that scene I guess she has been labelled with all kinds of etiquettes and might have been omitted to be seen as the sassy and bright woman she actually is.
Having discussed this post with a dear friend of mine, who made me realize that in times of me-too and with all what has happened in Hollywood and around the world on how women have been treated lately, this example might come across as inappropriate or weird. Still I am impressed what Sharon Stone’s made out of a moment that, I assume, took her on a roller coaster of emotions. Accepting the request of the movie director whether it was a youthful folly or a well calculated move from her (I guess we will never know) has marked her for the rest of her life. At first I guess in a negative way and after a while it gave her the strength and the courage to stand up for herself and for others.
Sharon also said that each and every one of us is going to have a moment that is going to change our life. One you might be aware of or one you might not be aware of. She carries on saying that we are going to have one if you have not already, and you are going to be held accountable and that people will ask you questions.
It was last Sunday I went out for a walk alone, somewhere beautiful in Switzerland, when I remembered that video and started to reflect,
- Have I had such a moment?
- Have I even being aware of that moment?
- How did that moment transform me?
- Did I go through such a roller coaster of emotion because of that moment?
Well, I was not sure actually, at least it took me a while to reflect. Whether this moment had been a wonderful one like the birth of my daughter or a heartbreaking like my separation. Both did transform me and made me go through a roller coaster of emotions going from joy, happiness to fear, sadness and deep sorrow. I was definitely not prepared for what would follow both major event in my life. And yet both made me grow so much and I am still learning so much about myself, my environment etc.
This is also what Sharon Stone’s video made me realize: all of us we have a true value, we are magic and once we see and realize that, our life starts to be filled with magical experiences. Just remember to be gentle with ourselves as we are growing, going through whatever roller coaster life is offering us. This will help us to become who we always dreamed of being or simply get back to our core self which is in itself a courageous move.
I want to acknowledge Sharon Stone, and through her all the women who have experienced such a moment. For showing courage and answer “sure” when they maybe would have preferred to say no, for whatever reasons. A decision which can put your life upside down. I guess she simply trusted the universe that she was at the right place at the right time, Also miles away of thinking what impact this little moment was going to have on her future life and how transformative this would be for her as an individual.
- Are we courageous enough to accept what life is presenting to us?
- Are we open to it and present?
- Are we able to dance in the moment and more over be willing to go through that transformative journey which comes undeniably with it?
Let me know what was your Sharon Stone moment? And what impact did it have on you?
Be curious, be courageous, be bold and be yourself!