I’m not especially a Dolly Parton fan. I do remember her from the movies “Nine to Five” (1980) and “Steel Magnolias” (1989) and a few songs such as, “Nine to Five” and “Islands in the Stream” with Kenny Rogers from 1982. I know I’m showing my age here!
I am a tad fascinated how, at age 65, she has remained looking almost the same for the past 30 years. Plastic surgery, makeup and wigs have obviously helped. The only other 1980s celebrity I can think of who doesn’t appear to have aged much (naturally or otherwise) is Morgan Fairchild, who is also in her 60s.
There are two specific things that I do admire about her. Firstly, she’s been married for 45 years. On that, she said in an article last year, “We’re really proud of our marriage. It’s the first for both of us. And the last.” In this day and age, that’s an amazing feat!
Secondly she’s intelligent and witty.
“I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb…..
and I also know that I’m not blonde.” – Dolly Parton
Dolly’s quote shows a person very self-aware and comfortable in her skin, no matter what other people think or say about how she looks or portrays herself. I know I’ve grown more that way as I’ve gotten older but I’ve still some way to go to not pressure to fit in, be influenced by or please others. With values on my mind these past few days, her quote also helped reveal the fact that I don’t value external beauty as much as I value intelligence and wittiness; inner qualities of character and personality.
I’m participating in the 52 Weeks to Simplify Your Life hosted by Deb from Home Life Simplified and last week’s task was to uncover our core values. I’m a week behind and still exploring and refining my core value list. I’m trying to refrain from reading everyone else’s posts on today’s linky and dig deep to identify my values without undue influence from other sources. This process is about me and my life, not how I measure up to anyone else or what’s popular. Hmmmm, I wonder if I she sells bottles of “Dolly Self-awareness and Self-Confidence” amongst her paraphernalia?
Have you ever found wisdom in unexpected places?
I’m linking with Jess from Diary of a SAHM for IBOT.