Back in December, I received free tickets thanks to Nuffnang to watch ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ prior to its official Boxing day release.
Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) is a man in his 40s who works for Life magazine as a negative assets manager (developing photographs). He has the tendency to ‘zone out’ wherein he daydreams about doing things he is not capable of doing in reality. He also has a crush on Cheryl (Kristen Wiig) but is too nervous to ask her out in person. Photojournalist Sean O’Connell (Sean Penn) deals predominantly with Walter when it comes to his submissions. Now, he sends Walter a package with a note that negative 25 is the Quintessence of Life magazine and should be used as the cover for the final print version before the magazine goes online. Only problem is Walter cannot find negative 25. In a bid to find the negative and to stall his obnoxious new manager, Walter attempts to follow Sean O’Connell using the other negatives as clues to his whereabouts. The search for the negative and O’Connell takes Walter on a journey through Greenland, Iceland and a trek through the Himalayas. Thereby having him live a life he wanted to but never had the courage to do so.
The movie was a bit clichéd but I loved it.
It was about the courage to actually live your life and make the most of every moment than getting stuck on auto-pilot and just existing. I loved the message because of where I am at in life and some of the things I am personally going through. In 2013, I started to live. I started to get out of my comfort zone. Towards the end of the year, I was contemplating a lot more about living fully without regrets. And having the courage to be vulnerable and show my imperfections. Funnily enough, one of my resolutions in 2014 is to be more open and to live my life. To have the courage to do things my otherwise auto-pilot existence wouldn’t have allowed for.
We all dream of doing things — things that are extraordinary or super-human. Just like Walter Mitty did. But sometimes, doing seemingly ordinary things like taking that trip you really want or asking out a person you think is cute or standing up for yourself to your boss with no guarantees if the outcome will go your way — that can be super-human. That is courage.
It’s courage I’m working on each day.
Until next time,