The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
That was the one. The movie that really hit me hard in a weird way.
It kind of calls you out, like “Hey, what are you doing with your life? Are you happy?”
And the soundtrack is paired so well with this theme.
But for those who don’t know what the movie is about, I’ll sum it up in a paragraph:
The main character, Walter, works at LIFE magazine, as a photo developer. Having given up on his dreams early in life to take care of his mother & sister after his father died, he is now in his 40’s, single and left to daydream of extraordinary (and heroic) situations he puts himself in. However, he’s fired from his job for an important missing photo sent in to him by a famous photographer. This basically then forces him to go search out this elusive travel photographer (through a series of events) and makes his daydreams real life. His crazy imaginations are no longer in his head.
And in this beautiful movie, it made me realize, I am that way so often. I put myself in fantastical situations in my head… but why would I not seek these out in real life?
Why would I allow my fears to grab at me and keep me from experiencing real beautiful things?
Now thankfully, for the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to travel the world full-time with my husband after my blog took off.
I’ve gotten to see reindeer crossing a frozen lake from the window of a train.
I’ve woken up to the sound of drums softly beating in the temple grounds behind my apartment in Japan in the middle of the morning.
And I’ve taken tea in the old-time hotel where Agatha Christie wrote Murder on the Orient Express.
But I don’t think the message of that movie is done with me. I think I have a lot more to experience and new levels of meaning in my life to unlock.
So, what movie speaks to you? Which one do you relate to?
It doesn’t have to be serious like mine at all. I’d honestly love to know. ☺️
PS – If you wanna read about my travels, here’s my experience visiting Japan in the fall (with some travel tips), plus the Taiwanese village that made me feel like I was in a movie.