The movie Gravity was not a good movie. Despite all the cutting edge special effects and ground breaking filming styles, what set my opinion on the movie was Sandra Bullock’s Hallucination moment. And from that point forward the movie wasn’t good… it was Great! Amazing! Bone shaking! And freaking awesome!
Not to give the movie away for those who haven’t seen it, but I realized as I sat through the movie last night and cried my eyes out and felt inspired and moved and touched, that this movie is amazing because of Sandra Bullock’s character’s strength. And the same theme that made the movie Gravity a great movie applies to any movie or book or story you tell your friends. What moves people, and connects them to you is not that they can relate to your hard times, which indeed is part of it, but it’s that they can be inspired by your ability to do something despite the hard times.
I am also reading a book right now entitled “I’m Awesome” by Jason Ellis who is a famous pro-skateboarder and internationally successful radio host. The book paints a picture Jason’s rough and tough childhood surrounded by drugs, violence and negligent adults. What makes the story awesome is that you already know somehow Jason found enough strength of character to become an amazing skateboarder and celebrity despite a messed-up childhood.
I have been thinking for the past month about what to do with my blog. Although my original purpose was to practice being honest about what goes on inside my head, I found that just writing what I think does not serve any purpose. Its what I do with what I’ve experienced that matters (my experience is spending the first 26 years of my life in a sheltered/controlling conservative christian community). Because the truth of the matter is, everyone has had some crap to deal with. Everyone can relate to some less-than-perfect experience you have had. But so what? What’s important is that people can see you living life and moving on, and inspiring them to do the same.
There are lots of bloggers out there who are already inspiring people left and right. The girl in the cat frame glasses has been public about her attempted suicide and has found a way to laugh about it. Book of Moh’s writes about his experiences with depression, and how he’s creating a beautiful family. And Thoughts of a Lunatic writes how she is creating a life for herself despite mental illness
So, I’m re-inspired, everyone. Both to write my blog and to just do something amazing with my life. Not sure what that means exactly but keep reading and find out!