Today, two friends and I watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
No, it was not the fact that Brad Pitt was in the movie that got me there. It was because I knew this was another one of those movies filled with life lessons.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is about a man who is born in his eighties and over time, grows younger. The story begins in New Orleans at the end of World War I in 1918 and ends in the 21st century. His life is filled with people he meets, places he discovers, the loves he experienced, the many joys of life, and the sadness of losing people he loved. He also discovered what would last beyond a single lifetime.
Benjamin: I was thinking how nothing lasts, and what a shame that is.
Daisy: Some things last.
(my thought bubble: LOVE lasts…)
Along the way you bump into people who make a dent on your life. Some people get struck by lightning. Some are born to sit by a river. Some have an ear for music. Some are artists. Some swim the English Channel. Some know buttons. Some know Shakespeare. Some are mothers. And some people can dance.
(my thought bubble: I’m the mom and the girl who dances!)
We’re meant to lose the people we love. How else are we supposed to know how important they are?
(my thought bubble: Do we need to wait to lose people we love to arrive at this realization? I wish people realized BEFORE loved ones die!)
Your life is defined by its opportunities… even the ones you miss.
(my thought bubble: Oh so true!!!)
I wanna remember us just as we are now.
(my thought bubble: I do exactly what Benjamin does — make a memory imprint whenever I want to remember a person or savor a moment…)
Sometimes we’re on a collision course, and we just don’t know it. Whether it’s by accident or by design, there’s not a thing we can do about it.
(my thought bubble: This has been the story of my life for about 2 years now and this was what I had just blogged about!!!)
You can be mad as a mad dog at the way things went; you can swear and curse the fates – but when it comes to the end, you have to let go.
(my thought bubble: Letting go is really the only way to forgive, move on, and be at peace…)
For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.
(my thought bubble: This is what I wish for my own life and for everyone…)
If you still have not seen it, I would recommend you going with your spouse, special someone or close friend/s. Somehow, the impact of such a movie is stronger when the people you love watch with you.