|Bruce Lee: A Retrospective|
|Part 2: The man behind the mystique|
Most interesting, however, is a look behind the mystique; beyond Lee's stardom in both the acting and martial arts world and into his personal and home life.
The exhibit contains numerous letters, sketches, and journal entries, all of which give a fascinating insight into Bruce Lee as a whole person. There's a letter to his wife Linda, where he discusses baby daughter Shannon's colic. Or a day planner open to 23 May 1968--what was a typical day in Bruce Lee's life?
You can take a look at Bruce Lee's ambition and quest for greatness. Daily affirmation cards, with notes on "Memory," "Subconscious Mind," and "Confidence," in Lee's handwriting in neat ballpoint lines. Or cards with the oath from the success classic Think and Grow Rich: "I have clearly written down a description of my definite chief aim in life, and I will never stop trying, until I shall have developed sufficient self-confidence for its attainment." I can just imagine Lee carrying around those cards with him, and reading them to himself, thinking of his future greatness.
Interspersed with the records of Lee's daily life are products of his creative side: notes on philosophy (Lee was a philosophy major at the University of Washington), sketches of Chinese fables and of martial arts techniques, and sheets of poetry. Some of the sketches eventually became illustrations in the book Tao of Jeet Kune Do.
The exhibit truly shows all sides of Bruce Lee, both as a wildly popular megastar and as an aspiring family man. The exhibit shows that while many in the world regard Lee as one of the greatest martial arts ever, he himself, and those close to him, knew he was still just a man, facing the demands of everyday life, discrimination, and the side effects of fame.
Since his passing, Lee has become one of the most influential, if not the most influential, martial artists of the modern era. Bruce Lee: A Retrospective gives visitors a wonderful view into all the facets of Bruce Lee. Don't miss it.
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