Live Your Life Like It’s a Movie
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Live Your Life Like It’s a Movie
Be your hero
“Live your life like you’re the hero in your movie and right now is when the fucking movie starts and your life is a shitbag disaster. Like every Arnold Schwarzenegger movie where he wakes up and makes a blender full of pizza and ice cream. Those guys on the brink. They put the gun in their mouth and they put it down because they see a photo of their daughter. Pretend that’s you. Pretend right now you’re in the part of the movie that starts and it shows you as a fucking loser and just decide not to be a loser anymore. Live your life like there is a documentary crew following you around and you are analysing your own behaviour. Do what you would want to do so that your kids one day would look back at it and see that documentary and look on it with pride. Like wow, my dad was a bad motherfucker he really did what he had to do. Wow, my mum really got her shit together. I love a success story but even more than a success story I like a dude who fucks his life up and then gets it back together again story” - Jo Rogan
While a blockbuster doesn’t usually include the ordinary aspects of life, the commuting to and from work, the free time that one might have between meetings, the filler between the significant events, it does invoke emotions within us. Emotions that can make us feel fearful and powerful, passion even.
There’s a scene near the end of the film Avengers End Game, where the hero, Captain America, is on the verge of death, almost physically beaten by the villain, Thanos. As Cap rises from the rubble, time portals open behind him. The heroes and heroines lost in the previous film are marching through ready for battle. Watching this for the first time I was overcome with emotion, to the point where my eyes were filled with tears of joy, the hair on my arm standing up and goosebumps erupted over my body. I could watch the scene a thousand times over and still feel the same way, something about it invokes emotions deep within my core.
Granted, there are many factors at work to invoke a reaction like that, the storyline; the score of that scene; the phenomenal acting; ultimately the director’s visionary expertise. But using the same logic, if our life isn’t interesting, it’s not some directors fault.
You are the visionaries of your box office hit. The captain of your destiny, the one that stimulates excitement in your life. When you find yourself living in a mundane, oh-so-ordinary manner, feeling as if the vibrant, rich colours of reality are fading away, remember this is the moment your hero/ heroine passes through their metamorphosis. Where they have to overcome their most significant obstacles, to find the strength within themself to avoid the endless, dark abyss and power through.
To live your life as your hero or heroine is to look at life through an unconventional lens. One that allows you to step outside your comfort zone, into uncharted territory, but gives you the mindset to undertake the experiences you want to have in your life, to challenge the status quo, breaking free from the societal life scripts keeping you from deviating.
The best films are the ones where the main character strays from the norm royally screwing up, so terribly the audience believes that they are too far gone even to attempt a comeback. Yet, the protagonist always attempts to defy expectation to right their wrongs.
So why when things go sideways in reality, do we reduce ourselves to endlessly moping, feeling like the world is going to end, acting as if there is nothing we can do about it?
We should spend time consciously mulling in our low points, understanding that they are a part of our lifelong storyline, we are not puppets on strings being forced to do things.
We always have a choice.
In doing so, these depressed points act as a motivation, a new chapter in our plot, an event that we the protagonist have to overcome.
Try and ingrain this concept of living your life like the hero of your movie, as if someone is documenting every second of your existence, into your subconscious. This way, when you do find yourself looking back on your Oscar award-winning documentary, from the hole you pulled yourself out from to the ordinary everyday events, not only will you have one hell of a story to tell but you’ll have been your a movie star.
Stop drifting…Sprint to the finish. Write off your hopes, and if your well-being matters to you, be your saviour while you can. - Marcus Aurelius
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