I was watching a movie the other night which gave me much cause to think.
Actually I wasn’t watching it as I had about five other tasks going at the same time. It started out as background noise, but I was able to pick up enough to know that I loved it without even watching it.
A young boy spends time with his two uncles on a farm. I’m not sure why. His uncles have lived an extraordinary life and the young boy becomes addicted to their tales and begs to hear more as he learns of their adventures through Europe and Africa, fighting in World Wars and falling deeply in love.
The two brothers decided that life was meant to be lived on their terms and so they played full out.
It finished with the boy as an older man selling the farm and talking about his uncles.
Someone asked something to the effect of “Did they really live?”
His gaze turns to the past and the stories that they once share with him.
He smiled, “Yes, son. They really did live.”
One of the reasons I loved the movie Titanic so much was because of Rose. That old lady who we first meet in the beginning just seems to be a frail elder. You know the type. The ones that we ignore every day because they are old and we feel they can’t offer much.
Aren’t we stupid? Imagine the stories and the magic of where they have been and what they have done and learned.
Throughout Titanic, Rose unravels the story of her life, an unbelievable love story that had every woman, probably men too, craving to have a Rose and Jack love story in their lives.
And it is not till the end that we see the real story of Rose’s life. The life that Jack inspired her to live- she travels the world, she flies planes, she lives her life to the fullest.
How are you being like Rose? How are you being like the Uncles in the movie? Are you playing full out? Are you making your life a story to tell?
You don’t have to do it for a movie or a book; you just have to do it for yourself and for those around you who will be impacted by you.
Forget the dishes, forget the mundane, the things you don’t really want to do, but feel you have to.
What is it you really want to do? What is the story that you want to be told about your life in 50 years?
Now is the time to start living that. Now. Not tomorrow, not next week. Now.
Make your life so that those who remain when you go smile fondly and say “Yes, she truly lived.”
Share your stories with me now. What are you creating already and what do you want to create?