Michael J. Fox: Every Day Has New Possibilities
The star channels his optimism and is at work on a new book for graduates
“I’m doing another book – a short book for graduates from a point of view of a high school drop-out,” Fox, whose Always Looking Up was published earlier this year, told PEOPLE at Saturday’s HollyRod Foundation 11th Annual DesignCare Event in Beverly Hills – where he received the Matthew T. Robinson Courage Award. Fox hopes to have the manuscript finished this fall, in time for publication next year.
“When I wrote the first book, [2002’s] Lucky Man, so many people responded to the optimism and the positive quality to it, and it made me think about what was that? Why do I feel that way?”
After digesting his thoughts, he realized, “Of course, you can’t explain this stuff. Optimism is a force and a power in my life, and how I tend to just look at the possibilities rather than the problems.”
What drives him, he says, is that “every day is a new day and every day is filled with possibility and all that cornball stuff – I really believe that. I wake up everyday, I put my feet on the ground and to the extent that they carry me I move forward. And I’ve got a great family and great kids and a sense of purpose, and that’s all you need.
Professionally, he said, “This is a busy year with Rescue Me and the book and the special” – May’s Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist (A Personal Journey of Hope) – and my work with the foundation. I’ll take a little breather and get this book done now.
And, besides stamina, he also has courage – as his award on Saturday proves.
“What it truly means at the core of it is that it is a chance to come and hug Holly and Rodney [Peete], who’ve done such great work for the Parkinson’s community. And the fact that it is associated with Holly’s dad [Matt Robinson], who goes back to The Cosby Show.
“You know, [Fox’s 1982-89 series] Family Ties and The Cosby Show were that ‘must-see’ TV thing, so I feel an association there, plus I feel an association there because we both had Parkinson’s, and I feel an association in that we have Rodney and Holly in common. And I’m just grateful to them for all that they do.”
from Huffington Post
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