Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey has kept a diary for thirty-five of his fifty years, and recently worked up the courage to take those writings into solitary confinement and read through them. He found not only stories, questions, truths, and affirmations, but also a reliable theme. Greenlights is an album and a record of what he has seen and learned along the way – 'my sights and seens, felts and figured outs, cools and shamefuls.'
Written with candour, humour, and profound insight and humility, Greenlights is an unconventional portrait of an unconventional artist and a wise road map to navigating a life full of more greenlights for ourselves – with the recognition that eventually, even the red and yellow lights turn green too.
From the Academy Award -winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction.
I've been in this life for fifty years, been trying to work out its riddle for forty-two, and been keeping diaries of clues to that riddle for the last thirty-five. Notes about successes and failures, joys and sorrows, things that made me marvel, and things that made me laugh out loud. How to be fair. How to have less stress. How to have fun. How to hurt people less. How to get hurt less. How to be a good man. How to have meaning in life. How to be more me.
Recently, I worked up the courage to sit down with those diaries. I found stories I experienced, lessons I learned and forgot, poems, prayers, prescriptions, beliefs about what matters, some great photographs, and a whole bunch of bumper stickers. I found a reliable theme, an approach to living that gave me more satisfaction, at the time, and still: If you know how, and when, to deal with life's challenges - how to get relative with the inevitable - you can enjoy a state of success I call 'catching greenlights.'
So I took a one-way ticket to the desert and wrote this book: an album, a record, a story of my life so far. This is fifty years of my sights and seens, felts and figured-outs, cools and shamefuls. Graces, truths, and beauties of brutality. Getting away withs, getting caughts, and getting wets while trying to dance between the raindrops.
Hopefully, it's medicine that tastes good, a couple of aspirin instead of the infirmary, a spaceship to Mars without needing your pilot's license, going to church without having to be born again, and laughing through the tears.
It's a love letter. To life.
It's also a guide to catching more greenlights-and to realising that the yellows and reds eventually turn green too.
About the author:
Matthew McConaughey is a married man, a father of three children, and a loyal son and brother. He considers himself a storyteller by occupation, believes it's okay to have a beer on the way to the temple, feels better with a day's sweat on him, and is an aspiring orchestral conductor.
In 2009 McConaughey and his wife, Camila, founded the just keep livin Foundation, helping at-risk high school students make healthier mind, body, and spirit choices. In 2019 McConaughey became a professor of practice at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as Minister of Culture for the University of Texas and the City of Austin. He is also brand ambassador for Lincoln Motor Company, an owner of the Major League Soccer club Austin FC, and cocreator of his favourite bourbon on the planet, Wild Turkey Longbranch.