Tippy dreams of one day changing the world, but still has to figure out how to exactly. She likes words and its capacity to invoke great emotion in people. On this silly little blog she chronicles travel, music, food, advocacy, pretentious things like books, film & art, and of course everyday life.
While I was in the process of looking for a job I found that a lot of the comforting things I’d hear about my predicament came from different films that I would watch. For anyone who has ever been in this specific situation, or in any time of transition, I’m sure you know how difficult it is to be so unsure of what could happen in the future, or for what the outcome of things could mean for your life. When it gets a little too much to handle though, hopefully these lines give you motivation, perspective, and reassurance that things are going to turn out just fine.
1. An Education
I started looking for a job in June because I was hell bent on taking the summer vacation for myself to rest bum and just waste the days away. In the months of April and May I did zero job hunting and when June rolled around and it was time for me to look for a job, I realized that I was actually so afraid to start the process of applying, interviewing, and the most gut wrenching part of it all-waiting for a response. For a while, I was so scared of going through the motions of looking for a job that I found myself not doing anything at all because I was so crippled by my fear to even start. But then one night, while I was still in that “scared to find a job” slump, I found myself watching An Educationand this line from the movie just spoke to me and told me as it was. It’s not hard understand: If you don’t do anything, nothing happens. Plain and simple.
2. The Art of Getting By
The Art of Getting Bywasn’t a great movie, but I think it has its strong points when you gauge it as a “time of transition” type of movie. I particularly appreciated the part of the movie where one of the characters tells Freddie Highmore’s character to find what he cared about and what he believed. I can imagine how hard it is to pursue something you don’t care about and believe in. At the end of the day, I think to believe in what you do is one of the most important things you have to do.
3. Little Miss Sunshine
This one’s a classic. Whenever I watch this scene from Little Miss Sunshine where Steve Carell’s character tells his color blind nephew who learned who couldn’t be a pilot due to his condition, to do what he loved and fuck the rest, it sends chills down my spine. It’s one of the most powerful lines from the movie, and it can get you so motivated to go after those dreams I’m pretty sure we all have.
4. Reality Bites
This line from Reality BitesI actually find comforting more than anything else. I’ve always found that this movie makes a lot of sense when it comes to realizing what being an adult really means. One of the things I’ve learned so far from being in this transitional time of my life (as given emphasis to by this line from Reality Bites) is that I still have so much to learn, and that I shouldn’t fret over the fact that I don’t know everything.
5. The Breakfast Club
The Breakfast Clubis the perfect coming of age movie. There’s so much to take from it. Personally, I like how it tells you to not worry about being so alone in your strangeness, because everybody is strange in their own way. Times of transition usually call for having to step out of your comfort zone and entering the great unknown full of situations, experiences, and people who are all so unfamiliar to you. Especially for the case of unfamiliar people, I worry that they may not like me and that something’s wrong with me because they don’t. But taking a cue from The Breakfast Club, we’re all bizarre in our own little ways, it’s just more obvious in others than the rest. But I guess it’s in our being bizarre that we learn how to embrace who we are, or if need be- make right the things we should improve in ourselves.
"Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it."
Pitch Perfect, Directed by Jason Moore. Starring Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson
This doesn’t look like it’s going to be great. But I’ve never hidden the fact that I occasionally, (read: more often than not) have the worst taste in movies- so I don’t care if Pitch Perfect ends up being utter and total shit. I’m over the moon with excitement to see this. And really, there’s nothing I could ever hate about a musical film centered on a college A cappella group singing competition, cute boys that sing, and Rebel Wilson.
Doctor, you say there are no haloes around the streetlights in Paris and what I see is an aberration caused by old age, an affliction. I tell you it has taken me all my life to arrive at the vision of gas lamps as angels, to soften and blur and finally banish the edges you regret I don’t see, to learn that the line I called the horizon does not exist and sky and water, so long apart, are the same state of being. Fifty-four years before I could see Rouen cathedral is built of parallel shafts of sun, and now you want to restore my youthful errors: fixed notions of top and bottom, the illusion of three-dimensional space, wisteria separate from the bridge it covers. What can I say to convince you the Houses of Parliament dissolves night after night to become the fluid dream of the Thames? I will not return to a universe of objects that don’t know each other, as if islands were not the lost children of one great continent. The world is flux, and light becomes what it touches, becomes water, lilies on water, above and below water, becomes lilac and mauve and yellow and white and cerulean lamps, small fists passing sunlight so quickly to one another that it would take long, streaming hair inside my brush to catch it. To paint the speed of light! Our weighted shapes, these verticals, burn to mix with air and change our bones, skin, clothes to gases. Doctor, if only you could see how heaven pulls earth into its arms and how infinitely the heart expands to claim this world, blue vapor without end.