Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, producer, author, poet, and activist. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.
“Anybody can be unhappy. We can all be hurt. You don’t have to be poor to need something or somebody. Rednecks, hippies, misfits – we’re all the same. Gay or straight? So what? It doesn’t matter to me. We have to be concerned about other people, regardless.”
I grew up listening to his music, his thoughts on marijuana, and his carefree lifestyle!
He is also a profoundly simple person — believing in the goodness and care of mankind. Obviously, one who does not carry any preconceived ideas of what should or should not be.
I love that he says we are all the same and we all need to care about one another. What a beautiful, but simple message from someone who has lived a rich full life.
I would like to share one profound, yet simple, quote from Willie on happiness:
“We create our own unhappiness. The purpose of suffering is to help us understand we are the ones who cause it.”