I Watched This Movie Last Night



I Watched This Movie Last Night




I watched this movie last night…..”While We’re Young”.  It featured Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a mid 40’s married couple…while it was good, I felt it tried to make too many points. But that’s not my point in writing.

The movie got me to doing some creative thinking along with some memory/desire searching.

My thought just jumped to how does one define and correct an ‘unfulfilled life.  If there is such a thing.  (I’m telling you this movie got me thinking….useless thinking, I think not.) I mean I’m not trying to be philosophical here……I’m just in some way allowing this movie to mirror my life.  Not in it’s content, but in its ….ambition?

Vague, huh?

In doing what I do, what I did with my life.  What did I sacrifice that I really wanted to do?  I think pursuing the ‘why?’ might be a bit much.

Have you ever had that thought roll thru your mind. “In doing what I do, what I did with my life. What did I sacrifice that I really wanted to do?”



I could have missed the point of the movie, because I think it tried to make, I don’t know, too many points??  With a happy unhappy ending?

The movie is worth while.  It wasn’t a hit at the box office. (I don’t think?)  It had a bit of artsiness to the film, brushed against avante garde in its concept, touched on vulnerable relationships, admiration, trust, dishonesty, purpose, disappointment and a bit contentious (which I found a bit awkward but I think it reflected a real life)…….I twice lost track of where the movie was taking me.  The characters actually held the movie together.  Excellent acting.

But once again that’s not the point.

I Watched This Movie Last Night




I was going to write about my recent visit to Cozumel or another idea of writing about some quotes (I like meaningful quotes), but this has my attention.

“In doing what I do, what I did with my life. What did I sacrifice that I really wanted to do?”  And that isn’t to say that I’m disappointed or dissatisfied.  That, is too big a burden to bear, I couldn’t go back and relive this life to ease the burden.  So that’s not it.

So, what is it?  Is it too late to go back to the creative genesis of youth and pick-up at that inspiration and reroute?

Is that which is unfulfilled possible to fulfill?

It’s not by time or age…..  I’m creative and I’m energized. I’m hopeful in a positive expectant way.  The only way it’s too late is that time has expired.  (And I’m not so sure about that concept either.)



Ben was enlightened (and flattered) by a young aspiring documentarist, and embraced the young man’s lifestyle and vision…  Ben unacknowledged his lack of direction as part of his life.  Maybe I shouldn’t have used the word ‘unacknowledged’……it’s rather challenging there….  Ben refused to acknowledge his lack of direction as part of his life doesn’t exactly hit because Ben wasn’t refusing.  I stay with ‘unacknowledged’.

I’m sure that if you watch the movie you’ll see what I’m saying……but I think you’ll see much more.  We all live and see from our own fractured perspective.  Which is a good thing.

I Watched This Movie Last Night

Honestly, I’d love to see thru your eyes.

I feel the movie to be a reflection of my life…..in some way.  Comedy/drama.  No mystery to that.  And the adventure is right at the edge of realization. The horror lies in its reality.

This whole idea of, “Is it too late to go back to the creative genesis of youth and pick-up at that inspiration and reroute?” has my attention.  I’m not sure the word ‘reroute’ is what I’m looking for but I’m betting you get the jest.



And don’t get me wrong!  This isn’t some sort of ‘regret’ trip I’m on…..  That would mean there’s no way of attempting or at least no ‘will’ to attempt.

Part of what I do with my life today is part of that genesis of my younger days, so it’s not an impossible adventure.  I just didn’t realize.

The movie is an ‘awakening’ of sort!

A renaissance!

Imagine meeting a younger you, starting out with a fresh innocence embarking on a journey fueled by a passion that for you has waned.  That younger you is a spark to the fuel that has been redirected, misdirected, ambling in redundancy and suffocated by……..a generalized life that has lost its way.

Yeah, this is about me.  It’s about me right now, today.  It’s me and my blemishes……

“In doing what I do, what I did with my life. What did I sacrifice that I really wanted to do?”




If you don’t see the fun, the expectation, the possibility in all this…..I’ve failed here.  There’s still adventure to be lived!  It’s not like I missed out on being a famous athlete because I didn’t have that passion…..nor being a world famous heart or brain surgeon.  Mine is still alive.  I’m exploring…….perhaps I should be a volunteer assistant to an archeologist for the experience…..  I don’t know.  There’s plenty of opportunity.

Sorting through…..

Since I don’t know my expiration date, and I’m not too concerned of its impending arrival…….I shouldn’t be wasting time.

Should you?

Peace, love, and beaches,

John







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