Michael J. Fox

May 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Inspiring People

Think about it.  Michael J. Fox had looks, money and success.  And then he had Parkinson’s.  I’m sure he went – and sometimes still goes – through anger.  But he didn’t get stuck feeling sorry for himself.  He changed gears and found a new purpose and lifestyle.

What’s Michael J. Fox’s recipe for happiness? Leave the past behind and live in the moment.

By Amy Wallace

Ask Michael J. Fox what prompted him to write his third book, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future, and he does exactly as you’d expect: crack wise. The 48-year-old actor, author, and advocate for medical research (he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991) says he’s finally gotten to the point where he can “dispense a certain degree of advice with a straight face.” A beat, though, and he adds this about the book: “There’s no expertise in it. It’s all my experience. I don’t have the burden of expertise.”

Plus: Read an exclusive excerpt from Michael J. Fox’s new book

Two decades after portraying Marty McFly in the final installment of the Back to the Future trilogy, Fox has largely given up acting. He knows that for many fans, his face and voice will always conjure memories of Alex P. Keaton, the conservative teen he portrayed on the 1980s sitcom Family Ties. But if you want his recipe for happiness, it’s simple: Leave the past behind (yes, the ’80s too!) and live in the moment…Continued

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