A movie is kind of like a summary. It only focuses on the key parts and skips or at least fast forwards the mundane bits.
6 months of hard work is displayed in 10 minutes split across the movie in various montages and short scenes. It looks much easier on the big screen.
In less than 2 hours the lead manages to fall in and out of love then back into it again. You find yourself wondering how on earth to even meet someone.
But what movies are great at is showing moments.
We all have those good bits in our lives, in among the chaos, stress and challenges.
And more often than not they’re even better than the movies because they’re real and they’re happening to you.
One of my most memorable scenes from Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory comes quite near to the beginning.
Charlie’s dad worked in a toothpaste factory screwing lid onto each tube one by one. Then one day he lost his job because the factory he worked in bought a machine that could do his job quicker and cheaper.
Just like that his job role had become obsolete.
That’s happening more and more these days.
A prime example is self service machines instead of a cashier. Instead of a shop having 4 people working on the tills you can have 4 self service machines and one person there to oversee and assist if necessary.
Granted some people prefer being served by a person instead of serving themselves. However, the main point is that the cashier role is no longer as necessary as it used to be.
When was the last time you checked in with your dream life.
As in checked to see if you’re moving any closer to the things you want or say you want from life.
More importantly, do you know what you need to do in order to get there?
It could be learning a skill, saving money or building your confidence.
If you’re not making the effort to do what needs to be done then you can’t be disappointed when things don’t magically fall into place.
Something that I believe to be a dream life misconception is that things will happen by themselves. As though you’ll be going about your usual routine and someone will appear ready to change your life. Sure that’s what happened to Cinderella but that doesn’t mean it’ll happen to you too.
We all have our Veruca Salt moments every once in a while.
Can you think of a time when you got annoyed/angry when you didn’t get what you want?
Maybe you had an idea of what you wanted in your mind but found that the other people in your life didn’t comply with that vision.
Granted you might not have shouted and your wants may not have been expensive things for others to pay for but the idea behind it is the same.
The basis of Veruca Salt is someone who is selfish, inconsiderate and greedy.
Yet she was also someone that knows what they want, was determined and wouldn’t take no for an answer.
We all have moments when we put our wants, needs and desires above all else. In truth it’s not always a bad thing as long as you don’t put yourself in danger or treat others poorly in the process.
There’s a story I’ve heard countless times as a kid called we’re going on a bear hunt.
The story follows a family going on a bear hunt and on their way they encounter grass, water and mud etc. All followed by the famous lines:
We can’t go under it
We can’t go over it
Oh no we’ll have to go through it
I don’t remember how the story ended but I can’t help but feel as though the story was a metaphor for life.
And so the moral is that you can’t bypass stuff. You have to go through it to get past it, even when it’s difficult.