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The Tragically Heartbreaking and Uplifting Life of Keanu Reeves Revealed

In 1999, Keanu Reeves became most famous for his role in the groundbreaking science fiction film, The Matrix.

It earned an impressive $463.5 million at the box office and was nominated for and won four Academy Awards. The Matrix is a happy story in a lot of ways, but the life of its star wasn't always.

Now 50 years old, Keanu's life has been full of more tragedy than you would expect from a movie star. Despite each setback, he's kept pushing forward. It's helped develop himself into the awesome person that he is on and off the screen.

At the age of three, his father left their family. They stayed in touch for a few years, but after the divorce and moving from city to city, they fell out of contact.

Keanu attended four different high schools and struggled with dyslexia, making his education more challenging than it is for most. Eventually he left high school without earning a diploma, though through sheer will, he is an avid reader now.

At the age of 23, his closest friend River Phoenix died of a drug overdose. During a Reddit AMA last year, Keanu said: "He was a remarkable human person and actor. We got along very well, and I miss him. I think of him often."

In 1998, Keanu met Jennifer Syme. The two fell instantly in love and by 1999, Jennifer was pregnant with their daughter. Sadly, after eight months, their child was born stillborn.

They were devastated by her death and it eventually ended their relationship. 18 months later, Syme would die in a car accident.

In 2006, Reeves told Parade Magazine, "Grief changes shape, but it never ends." It's a lesson that we'll all likely learn.

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Even with those incredible tragedies, Reeves would push on.

He's starred in a variety of blockbusters and has become a wealthy man, but the pain of his losses has changed how he thinks about money. He's well known in Hollywood for being among the more charitable actors.

In his AMA, he told fans that he likes to keep it simple. In 2003, Keanu told Hello! Magazine:

"Money is the last thing I think about. I could live on what I have already made for the next few centuries."

After the successes of The Matrix and its sequels, Reeves gave $80 million of his $114 million earnings to the special effects and makeup staff of the films.

He also took pay cuts on the films The Replacements and The Devil's Advocates so stars like Gene Hackman and Al Pacino would agree to be in the film while keeping casting within the designated budget.

Even though he's likely worth $100 million, the man still rides the subway. And he's super nice about it too.

There are some incredible personal accounts of his kindness as well. Redditor Kahi made the following comment about the Sad Keanu meme:

"A family friend builds movie sets, doesn't design, is one of the poor dudes that just builds. Anyways he worked on the set for the Matrix and Keanu heard about family trouble he was having and gave him a $20,000 Christmas bonus to help him out.

"He also was one of the only people on the set that genuinely wanted to know people's names, would say hello and mean it, and would talk to people as if they were his peers and not below him just because they were practically making nothing to build a set."

"I've never heard anyone say Keanu is a douche, seems like the nicest person in Hollywood from a second hand experience."

So in the end, I think we can all pretty well agree that even in the face of tragedy, a stellar person can thrive.

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8 Signs You're A Strong Woman Who Stands Out From Everyone Else

Through all the crazy fights and scars, there are some women who are survivors. They stand out from the crowd. Simple women with a heartbreaking smile. They are a source of inspiration that everyone admires. The definition of a strong woman.

Here are eight identifying characteristics of a strong women that stands out from everyone else!

1. Strong Women Have Faith In Themselves

A strong woman knows who she is and what she wants. She has her own set of dreams and won't let anyone hold her back from achieving her goals. Nothing can stop her.

She doesn't need support from anyone. She also has no need to seek approval from anyone. Strong women make their own decisions with confidence and aren't afraid to stand by their choices.

2. Strong Women Seek Respect, Not Attention

You'll never see a strong woman begging for attention. She will never be interested in begging for love either. When a strong woman feels unwanted, she simply leaves the situation.

Respect is far more valuable than attention. It lasts much longer than 15 minutes of fame. Respect is one of the essential keys to success.

Strong women don't have time for toxic relationships where she becomes unappreciated. Absence is her gift to those who don't understand what it means to be in her presence.

3. Strong Women Wear Their Pain Like Armor

A strong woman will always regain her confidence after hardship and depression. She deals with her problems with ease. She doesn't consider herself a victim to the world. She sees her struggles as a chance to learn.

Strong women wear their pain like armor: It's not easy. It's heavy. However, she learns from it and it protects her.

4. Strong Women Lift People Up

Strong women radiate with positivity. They are always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Strong women will stand by your side through heaven and hell.

She will always be there for you. A strong woman is a great listen and willing to offer support through life's challenges. She knows how to cut to your core and can see the good in your soul.

5. Strong Women Never Compare Themselves To Others

Strong women know their limits and abilities. They know they are worthy of respect. Strong women have no need to compare themselves to others.

No one is perfect and a strong woman is well aware of that. However, she also knows that everyone has their own unique gift. She loves to support others.

6. A Strong Woman Isn't Afraid To Cry

She knows that being vulnerable is actually a sign of strength. She knows she is strong enough to pick herself up off the floor. She's ready to heal.

A strong woman never gives up, she always has a reason to continue to fight.

7. Strong Women Are Full Of Forgiveness, Not Revenge

A strong woman wants to free her mind from the prison of negative energy. She wants to find ways to express her love.

An eye for an eye is not the way a strong woman chooses to do things. She moves on, but never forgets what was done to her.

8. A Strong Woman Will Always Tell You The Truth, No Matter How Hard It Is

Often times, telling the truth can be a huge risk and can end up hurting someone. However, strong women believe telling the truth is essential. They know it is a rare thing.

Strong women are brave and have a heart filled with good intentions. People look up to a strong woman. She shines like a diamond in the rough.

If you know a strong woman, keep her close to your heart. Don't be afraid to SHARE this article with your family and friends on Facebook!

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