Monday, February 27, 2012

Being Emotionally Played By The Movie Makers

This weekend I went to see Good Deeds. My parents were going to see the same movie, so I rode with them. However, upon  entering the theater I bought my popcorn and sat alone. It wouldn't have been a typical movie moment if I would have sat next to them. I wasn't sure what to expect, but since the movie was made by Tyler Perry I knew it would be somewhat relate-able. However, it turned out to be too relate-able.

The movie started and there was the main character mirroring my life. He was a successful man making lots of money, but not even sure if that was what he wanted to do with his life. That was not his dream. It was someone else's dream. Then there was a woman who was financially struggling. Her biggest goal in life seemed to be getting to happiness, but it was a struggle just to smile. But wait...

A week ago I went to the movies to see The Vow. Did you watch it? This woman was in a terrible car accident, forgot five years of her memory, and had to make choices all over again. She was told that she was an artist, but all she could remember was being in law school. Her husband was by her side when she was in a coma, but upon waking up she could only remember being engaged to another man. She had cut off all connection with her family, but she did not remember why. She never regained her memory, but she ended up making the same decisions all over again. Well in the end she kept her family in her life, but all other decisions were repeated. She reentered law school and then dropped out to pursue art. She divorced her current husband, but ended up remarrying him because that was the love of her life. The biggest part of all is no one influenced her choices.

I feel like these movies are speaking to me. I'm at a point where I know what will make me happy, but I don't know how to get to that happy place. I also know that if I had a second chance I would choose my passion. That's what these movies are telling me to do also, right? Are these movie makers reading my mind? Or are they just trying to make some money? I feel like I'm being emotionally played.

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