Evening of Reflections
The other night I had an evening of reflection from what I watched on TV.
First up was the movie Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. First of all, great movie. Just know that if you are a cryer, you will diffidently shed some tears. The movie is about a boy’s struggle to understand the world again without his fathers guidance. His father, played by Tom Hanks, died in the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the boy searched through the world to find the message his father left behind with a key he found in his fathers closet. Basically, I cried a lot. It brought back so many memories and pain. The movie did such an amazing job portraying the feelings of that day through one family and their healing process. After this movie ended, I thought I should watch a happier show to boost my mood before bed.
Next I watched an episode of Say Yes to the Dress. No I’m not getting married any time soon, I just really like to see the happiness, joy and hope on each bride-to-be’s face. However, the bride that was looking for her dress in this episode had just gotten out of the hospital from being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Her accident happened when she was walking across the street with some friends and was shot in the back. Just a random shooting and now she is paralysed from the waist down. She is only 22. One could say how lucky she is to still be alive, which is very true, but she will never be able to walk again. In that split second her whole life changed. At one point in her interview, she talked about how people get up hundreds of times a day and don’t think anything of it. Just stand up and walk away and that is something she will never be able to do again. Our health is often something we take for granted. You never really know what you have until it is gone.
Needless to say, it was an evening of crying. So much sadness and pain and loss. Yet, there is always a lesson in everything we do. What I really took away from that evening was a reminder of how unpredictable life is. How uncertain each of our days are and how quickly everything can change. These are all good reminders to appreciate what we have today and if you want to do something, don’t wait until tomorrow to do it. Do it now because you never know what tomorrow will be. Also, to live every day to its fullest because each day is a gift.
All of this relates to this weeks 52 Weeks of Good campaign theme: to tell the people you love, that you do indeed love them. Earlier I said it was because we often forget, but another reason is because we never know what tomorrow will bring and a day shouldn’t go by that the people we love don’t know how much we love them.
Tags: 9/11, Alive, Atlanta, Brides, Crying, Death, Dresses, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Happiness, Hope, Joy, Love, Lucky, Movie, Never really know what you have until it is gone, Pain, Paralized, Reflection, Sadness, Say Yes to the Dress, Split second, Take for granted, Tell someone you love them, TV, Wheelchair
About KellyWorking at changing the world, with the little things we do, every day. I am the Doer Team Manager and the Do Good Doer at Brown Paper Tickets. My hope with this blog is to help spark a change. To look at the little things we do everyday and see how we can be a positive impact on everyone around us. The more each of us do, however small it may seem, the better world we will all have.
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