On November 28, Zendaya accepted GQ Australia’s Woman of the year award, at only 23 years old. Recently lauded for her performance on the HBO show Euphoria, the star has done so much more — and we have no doubt that her potential is limitless. While she has already proven to be one of her generation’s most powerful voices, her acceptance speech further reaffirmed this.
During her speech, the young actress thanked the audience for the incredible honour before sharing a morsel of wisdom that we all should keep in mind. “I feel like sometimes I go and I go, and I think a lot of us can relate to this, but you go so hard and you forget to stop and take in moments like this,” the actress began. “Sometimes I work so much it can take over my life and I forget to be present in these kinds of moments where you can look around the room and just take it in, you know. And just be happy, and just be alive for a second.”
While it’s easy to get caught up in our everyday worries, Zendaya’s advice is a special reminder to each and every one of us to be present and make the most of every moment. Finishing her speech, the star left us with one request: “Please, everyone, take a look around at just how beautiful everything is. And just enjoy it.”