We’re all familiar with Monday & its bad repuation, but there are some good things about Monday. Like, 3 day holiday weekends Monday (& getting paid to not work on Monday, Monday).
Or if you’re on Instagram, then chances are you’re familiar with hastagMCM in your newsfeed. If you’re a lucky gent who gets a shout out on Man Crush Monday, then Monday can be a pretty good day. #MCM is a day where people declare their love for a man, attainable or not, mostly because of their exterior attributes and/or it’s their sigO showing some love online (or calling dibs–whatever). Today I’m declaring my MCM to be Keanu Reeves. While I admit, he is pretty good looking on the outside (um, seriously does he age???!), but I’m actually crushing on what’s on the inside. In fact, I write this with hope that all women/men declare Keanu Reeves as your #MCM, because we should promote what’s good in the world and KReeves is the good.
Okay, I get that this is random, but let me explain. You know that fuzzy feeling you get when you’re doing something good for someone else (someone that’s not in your immediate circle of family or friends)? That feeling should happen at least once a day. In fact, without getting preachy on you (alas, here I am), every person should do one nice thing for someone without an intent of them repaying you every. single. day. That’s cake compared to the 500 nice things Keanu has done for strangers, which is why my hat is tipped to him on this Monday morning.
Have you heard that saying a person’s true character is tested when no one is in the room to watch? Well, K Reeves is the guy you could 100% trust to do the right thing, every time. I recently came across a video on Chive.com that shows him giving up his seat in the subway to a fair lady (✔️chivalrous) and it reminded me of an article I read a couple months ago.
& this is why I heart Keanu ❤
He understands abandonment: His father left him at an early age, and as result, he had to overcome many growing pains from constantly switching schools & moving, that it eventually reflected his schooling (he has dyslexia) and friendships. He didn’t even graduate high school.
He’s all too familiar with death: This is a tough one, because in my personal experiences, surviving death is the hardest obstacle to overcome in life. In 1993, his best friend River Phoenix died of a drug overdose. Five years later, Keanu and his love Jennifer Syme found out they’re expecting a baby girl, but at 8 months their child is a still born. Unfortunately, tragedy overcame their relationship and they broke up as a result & the following year Syme died in a car accident. On top of dealing with death, Keanu’s sister has fought leukemia for more than a decade. As someone who spent a year working with LLS patients & blood cancer, it’s definitely not a pretty disease–surviving or not.
These moments are such an important part of his story, because truth is, it’s moments like this that can shape you as a person. Some people will use experiences like this to encourage selfish behaviors–but in Keanu’s experience, these moments made him a better person.
Keanu is an avid philanthropist. He has donated to research centers, charities, and hospitals on behalf of his sister’s diagnosis. In addition, he has founded his own charity but decided against using his name on it. He is simply focused on giving.
In fact, rumor on the street is that Keanu is extremely generous with his money. In one urban legend (although confirmed by multiple sources), Keanu took an $80 million dollar pay cut on the Matrix Sequels in order to increase the pay of the makeup and special effect teams on set because he felt the film’s success was as a result of their work). That story issn’t an outlier of his generous behavior, he’s actually notorious for taking pay cuts in order to bring on other big named actors on film.
& on top of it all, he’s open to making a third installment of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Let’s be honest, would I really have become a historian, if it weren’t for the magical experience with America’s greatest historical figures in those gem of movies?
At the end of the day–it’s not really about Keanu (but it sort of is), it’s more about being a good human. I’m sitting here watching my sweet-almost-one-year-old sleep and I think what qualities will she search for in a future person or better yet what person will she become? I just hope that we can look past washboard abs and a beard on #MCM, and find someone who is really attractive under it all (or score, both!). Someone that makes a positive impact on the world. Someone who will give their seat up on a subway. Someone that makes a constant effort to do good, because it’s the right thing to do. Because, newsflash, THAT’S THE SEXIEST THING IN THE WORLD. So for all you do good men, I love you and keep doing good in the world (It certainly doesn’t go unnoticed).
The following “facts” come from this article.