I recently saw two excellent movies that I wanted to recommend not only for the entertainment value but for the messages they convey.
The first movie is the 2013 movie called “About Time” (rated R) starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, and Bill Nighy. This charming movie is directed by none other than the British director Richard Curtis, who also directed: Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jone’s Diary, Notting Hill, Love Actually, and the Girl in the Café. It’s a wonderful story about finding love but also about how to live life. A young man discovers that the men in his family can travel back in time. You then live and relive his life as he attempts to get things right. Eventually he figures out the secret to a good life.
I share with you some of the lines in the movie spoken by the lead character, Tim, that were so meaningful to me. “… I just try to live every day, as if I’ve deliberately come back to this one day, to enjoy it as if it was the full final day of my extraordinary ordinary life. We are all traveling through time together everyday of our lives. All we can do is do our best to relish this remarkable ride…”
These lines give me that gentle reminder of what I should be doing, what we all should be doing, living each day to its fullest. Again, so easy in theory, and yet, it’s so simple to allow one day to meld into another without fully appreciating those simple moments in life. Before you know it, a whole year has gone by and you don’t have anything to show for it or worse yet you can’t even remember what transpired. My daughter embarked on a wonderful project in 2013, she created a ‘memory jar’. She wrote down every memorable or happy event on a piece of paper and placed it in a jar. I was glad to see her jar was jammed packed with little papers. On New Year’s Eve she took some quiet private time to read all of her pieces of paper and reflect on her past year. She enjoyed it so much she is doing a memory jar for 2014. I think we should all have memory jars. They can take different forms and shapes. For me the photographs I take of my everyday life as well as my blogging serve as my journal. This somehow helps me cement the day to day events and in the process allows me a level of awareness and appreciation.
The second movie is another 2013 movie titled, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” rated PG. Ben Stiller directed and played Walter Mitty in this very entertaining movie. It’s the story of a man with what appears to be a very boring and mundane existence. He works for a magazine in their basement handling their negatives and photographs. Walter is forever going into daydream trances. In his imaginary world he envisions himself undertaking amazing adventures, rescuing the world, and impressing the girl from work that he likes (played by Kristen Wiig). His life changes dramatically when he urgently needs to locate a famous photographer (Sean Penn) in search of a missing photograph that the magazine wants for its cover. Walter is pushed beyond his comfort zone and forced to live real life. As he goes on this quest to find the photographer you see his persona blossom into a confident and happy human being.
The reason I relished this movie, is because it emphasized the need to live life fully rather than to just daydream about living life. So if you have talked about going to Nepal, Antarctica, or on a safari, dreamt about taking ballroom dancing lessons, thought about writing a book, daydreamed about moving to another country, wanted to develop a new hobby, considered doing community work, envisioned yourself learning different languages, planned on practicing yoga and meditation, aspired to begin a work out routine, thought about eating healthier, considered going back to school, planned on changing jobs, or simply desired to reinvent yourself, then there is no excuse but to start today. Start living the life you have dreamt for yourself.