I love watching movies, but I don’t watch them the way most people do.
I look at the cinematography, the images, the hidden meanings, and then apply it to learn how I can be a better person. I always find messages in the movies for me.
Two movies I recently watched “Living” with Bill Nighy and “Along Came Polly” with Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston really got me thinking.
Bill’s character, Mr. Williams was nicknamed “The Zombie” as a sober and stiff government worker who just went through each day and stopped living, until he found out he only had six months to live.
Ben’s character Reuben Feffer was a risk analyst who was so afraid to do anything risky that he just had his life planned out and really quit living, until Polly came into his life.
Are you living or are you a zombie?
What would it take to get you out of zombie mode?
Much of my life I have been a zombie.
- Doing what I’m told.
- Doing what’s expected.
- Believing what others tell me.
- Being who others expect me to be.
But that’s not who I really am, and I’m getting much better and learning who I am authentically and aligning what I do to who I really am.
- I don’t like to be told what to do.
- I like to be spontaneous and take risks, even though professionally I’ve been taught to avoid risky behavior.
- I’m a rebel and question authority and the models of reality we are told to live in.
- I like being quirky and different, and love others who are too.
What can you do differently this week to get out of zombie mode?
Here’s a couple of ideas to get you thinking:
- Go to a different restaurant, or order something different on the menu.
- Go to a park or your garden and just sit for 30 minutes and appreciate the beauty.
- What would you do differently if you only had six months to live, or someone like Polly walked into your life?
So what are you going to do differently this week to start living?
And if you are looking for a great movie to watch, I’d suggest adding both of those to your watch list.