Today I am thankful for a great movie.
There are a lot of crappy movies out there. Some that go way too long, some that don’t live up to the hype, and some that are just flat out crap. That being said, it’s pretty awesome to find one that really resonates and holds your attention. After a day of adult-ing and being out on the boat Becky and I snuggled up on the couch to watch a movie that I’ve wanted to watch for quite some time but just never picked up… The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
It was a pretty awesome flick. At its heart it is focused on being present and taking the initiative to make something happen as opposed to day dreaming your life away and not making a change.
While the movie itself was well done and had many of my favorite things including Iceland and volcanoes, there were certain moments that really hit home. In particular there’s a spot in the movie when a photographer is about to take a picture that he has obviously been waiting a very long time to take. As his opportunity to take the perfect picture comes and continues on he doesn’t take the picture. He is asked why he isn’t taking it and answers,
“Sometimes I don’t. If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don’t like to have the distraction of a camera. I just want to stay in it.”
There’s some beautiful logic to that thought. While I’ve taken some pretty awesome pictures while on vacation or with friends there’ve been times that I’ve missed something because I had the camera in the way. There’s other times that I was more focused on the camera than the moment. That being said, there’s a very fine line between capturing enough to have memories to look back on and being present in the moment. As I type this I can’t help but smile because as I think back to my post a few days ago I’m realizing that getting my vacation memories fired up in my head required no photographs, just time with friends, conversations, and seeing things with my eyes in real life in real time while being present in the moment. Maybe that line isn’t as fine as I thought!
Regardless, there’s something pretty awesome about a great movie that not only entertains, but gets your brain thinking as well. Today I’m thankful that we saw this movie (and that we watched it together while cuddled up on the couch!).