In 'No Time Like the Future,' the actor reassesses his optimistic perspective after enduring new health challenges.In his new memoir, Michael J. Fox ponders the question: "Can you be an optimist and a realist at the same time?"
In No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality (Flatiron Books), released Tuesday, Fox reflects and reassesses his optimistic perspective after enduring new health challenges. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 29, Fox has had his fair share of obstacles while remaining hopeful, as outlined in his previous memoirs Lucky Man, Always Looking Up and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future. But in his fourth memoir, Fox questions whether he perhaps oversold his message of hope. He writes that he "managed to accept life on life's terms, and up to the point I found those terms acceptable," but now "optimism, as a frame of mind, is not saving me."
From experiencing cognitive changes, including memory loss, to being forced to learn how to walk again after undergoing surgery on his spinal cord, Fox shares how he struggled to find hope amid the realities that he faced with the gradual progression of his Parkinson's Disease. Throughout his book, he reflects on the highs and lows while learning how to find contentment and rise up even if he falls.
The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at some of the highlights in No Time Like the Future, from Fox deciding to get sober to his favorite career role and what led him to a second retirement.