I’m intrigued to see how the balsamic phase “plays out” for people. Almost inevitably, most of my clients who’s going through this phase do not enjoy it at all – they are used to doing and acting and it seems that letting go is the theme here. Those who don’t mind it as much on the other hand seems used to the hardships of life and told me that life goes on as usual for them.
I’m curious to know how other people go through this phase. Starting with Meryl Streep. Her most recent progressed balsamic phase was from Sep 2008 to Feb 2012. Here are some of the key events during those years:
Streep was inducted in the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2008. Returning to more serious work, Streep appeared in the 2008 film Doubt, which addresses sexual abuse in the Catholic church. She played a nun who becomes suspicious of a priest’s behavior (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) toward a young student. Streep yet again earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nods.
In 2009, Streep took on one of the culinary world’s most beloved figures, Julia Child. She played the famous chef in the film Julie & Julia, based on the bestselling nonfiction book of the same title. For this role she won the Golden Globe Award for lead actress in a comedy or musical, and received an Academy Award nomination. She then starred in Nancy Meyers’ romantic comedy It’s Complicated, with co-stars Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, which earned her another Golden Globe nod.
Year 2010 witnessed Streep being elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She was even presented with the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama the same year.
Streep received widespread acclaim for her work in 2011’s The Iron Lady. Streep’s thoughtful and nuanced performance as Thatcher garnered her several awards, including a Golden Globe.
The Iron Lady also brought Streep her third Academy Award in 2012.
Hmmm, this seems like a time of great accolades for Meryl Streep, which doesn’t “fit” in the sterotypical description of progressed balsamic phase. Although I do recall reading somewhere that some people continue to charge ahead with their lives and reach the pinnacle of their careers.