22 Feb Living your Best Life
I’ve mentioned before that Titanic is my favorite movie. I can’t help but watch it whenever it comes on TV. I know that it’s super cliché that I’m a woman who loves that movie, but I guess the heart wants what the heart wants. Anyway, one of the main reasons I love it is because of Leonardo DiCaprio. Yes, he is very attractive in this movie (I have a smile on my face right now just thinking about 1997 Leo), but I also happen to like the character that he plays. As someone who is fairly uptight, I find Jack Dawson very appealing. He’s my opposite, but in a good way. I could really see someone with his personality bringing out a more care-free side in me. But since this blog isn’t about my love life, I’ll go ahead and move along to the point that I would like to get across in this post.
I know that most of you have probably Titanic before, but just in case you haven’t watched it and you still want to see it at some point in your life without having the plot ruined for you, I’ll included my customary spoiler alert warning…
In one scene towards the beginning of the movie Jack saves Rose from falling overboard into the ice cold Atlantic Ocean. As a reward for his act of heroism, Rose’s fiancé, Cal, invites Jack to have dinner with him and the rest of his party in their fancy first class dining area. When Mr. Dawson gets to dinner he pretends that he’s rich so that he can fit in with the rest of the crowd. However, Rose’s mother eventually outs him as being a part of the low class. Even after she does this, the rest of the guests that he’s dining with still treat him with respect, but Rose’s mom doesn’t follow suit. Instead, she continues to treat him like a pile of trash that she’s just stepped in. Nevertheless, Jack doesn’t let this behavior faze him. When she questions him about his lifestyle, he responds by telling her that he likes the fact that he’s able to just go wherever he pleases. He answers to no one or nothing and he is able to feel free because of that. Jack doesn’t believe in getting caught up with the “finer” things in life. He just wants to live his life to the fullest.
It’s so important for you to make sure that you’re living each and every day to the fullest. Life really is short. The older I get the more I realize just how much that’s true. It seems like I was just in high school, and now I’m quickly approaching 30. There’s nothing wrong with life moving quickly, you just have to make sure that you’re not wasting it by living your life in a way that makes you unhappy. You don’t want to reach the end of your life and realize that you spent most of your existence not liking how you were living. That’s no way to live, so do what you need to change it. Sometimes that will mean that you’ll have to make some pretty tough decisions, but if it ends with you being happier then why not go for it?
Jack had the right idea. And I don’t mean that you have to go around living like he did (not everyone is comfortable with that kind of spontaneity), but you should live your life in a way that you’ll enjoy it. Positive thinker, if you wake up every morning dreading your day then it’s time to make a shift in your life. Every day isn’t going to be perfect, but you should at least have some excitement about life. If you don’t then you have to sit down and figure out what’s going to make you happy in this life. For some of you out there, you already know what you want. You just have to be bold enough to go and get it. For others of you, like me, you still have to figure out what you want out of life. Both scenarios can be hard to deal with, but once you find the courage or clarity that you need, you’ll be able to have a life that you actually like. So, don’t lose hope, and keep fighting until you get your happy ending!