Living the Life you Want

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Living the Life you Want

Shrek just so happens to be one of my favorite animated films. I’ve seen many over the course of my life, and I think it’s safe to say that this one is in my top 10. There’s humor, romance, singing, and a good message that encourages you to be happy with who you are. All of these things combine together to make it stand out in my mind. And because I enjoyed the first movie so much, I had to make sure that I saw the sequels when they came out. They weren’t as good as the first one (most sequels aren’t), but I still liked watching them.

Nowadays, I hardly watch reruns of things that I’ve seen before, but a few weeks ago I just so happened to have the TV on in the background while I was getting some work done at home. When I have things on in the background, I like to watch things shows and films that I’ve already watched several times so that I don’t get too distracted by them. The movie that was on this time around was Shrek the Third. When I turned it on, I realized that I had already missed the very beginning of it, but I was okay with that because I wasn’t really trying to pay close attention to it. After awhile, however, I decided that I needed a break from what I was working on, so I stopped and looked at the film until the commercial break. The part that I watched was towards the end of the film…

*Spoilers Ahead*

At the end of the movie, Shrek, Artie (Fiona’s cousin), Puss in Boots, and Donkey try to sneak inside of the castle in order to stop Prince Charming from permanently taking over Far Far Away. They fail during their initial attempt. The four of them are taken captive, and Charming decides that he wants to kill Artie so that he can become the king of Far Far Away. Shrek is ultimately able to convince the blonde-haired heartthrob that Artie isn’t supposed to be the next king and that he is instead. After finding this out, Charming lets Artie go, and makes the decision to kill Shrek in his place. While the young boy is leaving after obtaining freedom, he runs into Puss and Donkey who tell him that Shrek lied to Charming so that Artie could be free. When this happens, he chooses to go back and save the ogre and the innocent victims instead of going off to safety. He’s able to do this by giving a really empowering speech.

In the speech, Artie convinces the villains that they don’t have to be villains. Society has given them this label, but just because everyone thinks that they’re bad doesn’t mean that they have to be bad. And after hearing this, we find out that many of the “bad guys” were only engaging in this sort of terrible behavior because they thought that it was what they were supposed to do. After Artie tells them that they don’t have to live up to anyone else’s expectations other than themselves, they decide to do the right thing and let everyone go. They were finally able to do what they wanted to do instead of doing what they believed everyone wanted them to do.

*Spoilers Over*

Now, this movie may be just an animated film, but like so many other movies of its kind, it has an important message. You should just be you. Other people’s expectations of you shouldn’t matter, positive thinker. The only thing that matters is what you think of yourself. You should be doing what makes you happy. If what just so happens to bring you happiness is also in line with what makes other people happy then all the more power to you. But if that’s not the case, then you shouldn’t sacrifice your own happiness and sanity just so that you can do what someone else wants you to do. It’s your life, so you have to live it in a way that’s going to make you happy. When you learn and accept this lesson, you can finally start to live in a way that will bring you joy. And I want that for you positive thinker.

So…

Listen to this advice.

Take it to heart.

And follow it.

If you do this, you’ll be living your most authentic self. And when you do that happiness will be within your reach!