What You Think of Me Is None of My Business

Anthony Hopkins, Monsieur Hannibal (Image: Brioni)

It’s none of my business what people say of me and think of me.
I am what I am and I do what I do.
I expect nothing and accept everything.
And it makes life so much easier.

~ Anthony Hopkins (1937 – )
Welsh film, stage, and television actor
Academy Award Winner for Best Actor, Silence of the Lambs (1992)

Musings and Impressions
That quote, “What you think of me is none of my business,” was one I first heard from Rich Lewis, my ex-boss in New York, who attributed it to Sonny Crockett of “Miami Vice,” played by the cool dude, Don Johnson. Rich has since passed on, bless his soul!

Stop fretting, Viv, let go a little, drink some devil-may-care—that was his little gift to me.

Anthony Hopkins, as it turns out, has a similar quote, one layered over with that irresistible touch of a wild bandit strutting about with long, cool drags of Marlboro and the hot click of boots. That, for me, makes him hotter than any Don Johnson I know.

In my most recent days, I haven’t quite met with a Don Johnson or an Anthony Hopkins, but a polytechnic student by the name of Bryan. He’s been visiting my home every fortnight, for the past two months, to clean my home—work he does wonderfully and with great pride, one I myself wouldn’t have ventured to do if I had turned the years back in time. Some of his peers consider it lowly and lowdown, but here’s what he thinks: “I don’t care.”

For this, I’m blessed. Not because I’ve got a great, dependable guy to clean house, but the fact that this same young lad shines with the kind of attitude that I admire and wish I had more of.

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