I should have posted this on Monday and it slipped by me. But I remembered today! Monday was Patrick Swayze's birthday. He was born on August 18, 1952. Next month will be five years since he passed way from pancreatic cancer (same thing my grandmother died from last year).
About a year ago I picked up his autobiography, titled "The Time of My Life," at a garage sale. Last week I was ready to start a new book and saw his sitting there, so I grabbed it. It took me just a couple of days to read, because I found it so interesting.
Patrick stars in many movies that I love, but Dirty Dancing is one of my all time favorite movies! I really enjoyed reading the book. I was impressed to learn so much about him and what a hard worker he was. Fame wasn't just handed to him... he worked hard to make it happen, never doubting his ability to accomplish any goal. And although I knew he was a dancer, I really gained a sense of just what an accomplished dancer he was by reading this book.
In this book he shares the struggles and challenges he encountered on his way to fame, which really opened my eyes to how hard he had worked to get to where he was. He also shares information about what happened on the scenes of some of his movies, which I found quite interesting, especially if you have seen the movies before.
This book doesn't paint a picture of an easy life lead by a celebrity. He shares his ups and downs, battle with addiction, marital problems, and more. If you are a fan of his I highly recommend reading the book.
Patrick Swayze may be gone, but he created a legacy that will live on for many years to come...