Matthew McConaughey wants guys to take a little time to meditate on their hopes and dreams.
On Tuesday, the Oscar-winning actor, 52, opened up to his followers in a video about the virtues of journaling, imploring men to be more introspective about their feelings through the power of writing.
“Look I’ve had a lot of my male friends, dudes, say, ‘Nah I don’t want to journal, man. Dudes don’t journal.' Yeah we do and I’ll tell you why,” he begins the video message. “Any of you dudes out there [who] work daily to be better men, have places you want to go, things you want to achieve in life — be better fathers, be better friends, be better at our career — write them down.”
McConaughey goes on to argue that when we begin to jot down the aspirations we have for our lives, we become “objectively aware of what we’re trying to achieve [and] what we’re chasing.”
“It’s like a personal contract with ourselves that we can look at — or not look at — to keep us on track and get us where we want to go,” he says. “So there you go, dudes. Get yourself a journal and pull a pen out.”
The dad of three certainly has a lot of thoughts and aspirations to journal about, especially when it comes to fatherhood.
"First child born — that was a biggie for me," he told Mayim Bialik on her mental health podcast, Mayim Bialik's Breakdown. "I remember [thinking] to myself, I was like, I just became immortal. Biologically so, but even more than that, this is it. This is what I've dreamed of being all my life — not immortal, but a father."
"I've tried to evolve as a parent too," he continued. "I don't judge my parents or how they did it as right or wrong or 'oh, you can't do it that way anymore.' I'm trying to instill the same values my parents tried to instill in us. I try to do it in different ways. Do we have much longer discussions with our kids? Yes."
Adding that while he and his wife raise their kids a bit differently than his own parents did, "Are we doing it better? I don't know. We'll see how the kids get out there [as adults in the world]."
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