Matthew McConaughey: You start to see life through the lens of having children

Father-of-three Matthew McConaughey has joined the ranks of celebrities such as Dolly Parton, The Duchess of Sussex, B.J. Novak, Jimmy Fallon, Gabrielle Union, and Mariah Carey (and many, many more) celebrities who have written or attached their name to a children’s book. McC’s book, “Just Because,” is a “playful collection of life’s lessons for readers big and small.” Like many of our best ideas, Matthew says that the idea for the story came to him in the form of a Bob Dylan song while dreaming. May we all dream in Bob Dylan or the artist of our preference. As for the content, it’s geared towards children because being a dad has Matthew all up in his feels.

Linsey Davis: You are already a New York Times bestselling author for your memoir, “Greenlights.” What made you decide ‘I’m going to go out and write a children’s book’?

Matthew McConaughey: I’ve got three children. So you start to, I think every parent knows, you start to see life through the lens of having children, and you start to think that way. And this came to me in a dream one night, and I thought it was really like a Bob Dylan ditty of a song and it had this little meter in my mind, and I was dreaming to it. [Singing] “Just because they threw the dart, doesn’t mean that it stuck. Just because you got skills, don’t mean there is no luck. Doo doo doo, Just because…”

And so I woke up, and I kept that – you know, you wake up from a dream, you don’t want to stop the rhythm of what you – So I started writing it down and it sort of just came out on the page. And after four hours of writing, I decided, well, OK, I think I got my dream down, went back to sleep, woke up, come back and check it, ‘cause you want to check those 2:30 a.m. ideas to see if they still hold the next day, and it did.

LD: “Just because you follow doesn’t mean you’re not a leader. Just because I keep winning doesn’t mean that I’m a cheater.” It feels like this is not just for children. I mean, for the adult reader, there’s a takeaway here.

MM:: I hope so. I mean, I’ve learned that through life. I used to think that if you were going to be a leader, you had to be in front. And I got in front many times where I should have been in front, and I got in front many times where I didn’t know where I was going, and I shouldn’t have been the one in front. And I started to learn that you’re a better leader if you fall in behind someone who knows where they’re going and you want to go, someone who has a good aim.

[From ABC News]

Having kids absolutely does change your perspective on life. You start to worry about things you didn’t worry about before and for me, it was when I really began to actually feel my mortality. All of a sudden, you’re aware of how what you do, say, and act will affect your kids. So, I get it. That said, I want to talk about getting great ideas from a dream! It seems like people get their best ideas while dreaming, working out, or in the shower. I am fascinated by dreams, lucid dreaming, and all that. There’s the famous story about how Paul McCartney dreamed the melody for “Yesterday,” and wrote it down using some lines about “scrambled eggs” while trying to figure out where he had heard it before. John Lennon, Albert Einstein, Edgar Allen Poe, Mary Shelley, and Stephen King have all famously gotten some of their best ideas from dreams.

Does anyone write down their dreams? I’ve had great ideas, profound thoughts and deep realizations while falling asleep. Sometimes, I type them into my Notes app and then completely forget about them until I find the note open a day or so later. I wish I could keep a dream journal, but honestly, I sometimes spend several minutes trying to convince myself to get out of bed to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. I don’t have the discipline to fully wake up to write down a dream at 3am. I wish I did!

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  1. Danbury says:

    Whenever I write my dreams down I wake up and read them again and they make no sense. But they’re fun to read!

  2. Barrett says:

    For me what doesn’t make sense in the first pass, makes sense later when I have been awake for awhile. My subconscious can have me flying around, in odd places, w odd groups of people but it always has layer of what I’m wrestling with For example I stopped working after having a successful career for 25 years due to chronic illness. I’ve had wacky dreams ab having an office in a trailer and collecting my things to leave to the job while on the way to get a colonoscopy to gain entrance to an all white apartment which is filled w mostly dead relatives who are all in white, except for an aunt who had a heart attack suddenly. She’s in neon yellow sweats and says she got pushed into the apartment at a subway stop near Brooklyn. Meanwhile I’m late to the colonoscopy b/c all these younger co-workers are begging me for help so they can land my coveted job/office. And I’m nice and stop to help them but I keep derailing what I need to do for myself. In real life at my going away party a few people gave speeches that I always remained patient, kind, helpful to others regardless of the stress. I love what dreams tell me.

  3. WaterDragon says:

    Still think Camilla Alves is a Saint for putting up with Mama Kay. I am reading Greenlights and she (Kay) sounds like a self-centered handful, what I normaly call a Brass-Bound Bitch.

    • SKE says:

      She is a saint for putting up with that woman but she also seems like a really good partner for him. They are a whole vibe- you can really tell they are on each others wavelength. Also, very pretty to look at!

  4. ToocanAnj no says:

    I’m a Jungian analyst candidate in training and love working with my dreams and my clients dreams. I have to walk around the dreams for a bit before they start to reveal the unconscious.

  5. Beadlady says:

    I design jewelry and come up with fun ideas in my sleep. Sometimes when I’m trying to figure out how to put something together, it will come to me in a dream.