His emotional words reflected the feelings of every parent who has become more receptive and empathetic to their surroundings.
Family life affects us in more ways than one. Sometimes we do not even realize how much our loved ones have changed us for the good. Not only do we become more responsible for our own lives and family members but we start to feel the pain and joys of everyone we come across.
Brad Pitt feels a similar transformation in himself after he became a father. In a recent interview, with his co-star Anthony Hopkins, the 55-year-old actor revealed that his children have made him more sensitive. He also revealed that before having them in his life he was not as empathetic to his surroundings. But now he finds himself moved by various incidents that happen around him.
The father-of-six told the iconic actor, 81, that as he ages, he finds himself much more impacted by things, reports the Mail.
"Is that a term? I hadn't cried in, like, 20, years, and now I find myself, at this latter stage, much more moved," he said. "Moved by my kids, moved by friends, moved by the news. Just moved," he confessed. He and his ex-wife Angelina Jolie are parents to Maddox, 18, Pax, 16, Zahara, 14, Shiloh, 13, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 11.
And he says that it is a positive thing adding, "I think it’s a good sign. I don’t know where it’s going, but I think it’s a good sign." To which the iconic 81-year-old actor Hopkins replied that he could expect more such moments in his life now that he feels more impacted by his environment.
Hopkins explained to Pitt that he will realize that the tears he sheds are not due to sadness, they are tears of emotions and openness. "You’ll find, as you get older, that you just want to weep."
"It’s not even about grief. It’s about the glory of life," Hopkins added. To which Pitt replied, "I see as much joy in your face as on the day I met you, if not more."
The conversation took a philosophical turn when Pitt started talking about the mistake he has made in life and stressed that it's the reaction to the mistake that makes the difference, not the mistake. This also, in a way is a sign of kindness and tenderness. "I think we’re living in a time where we’re extremely judgmental and quick to treat people as disposable. We’ve always placed great importance on the mistake," he said. "But the next move, what you do after the mistake, is what really defines a person."
"We’re all going to make mistakes. But what is that next step? We don’t, as a culture, seem to stick around to see what that person’s next step is. And that’s the part I find so much more invigorating and interesting," he added.