Have you received any forwarded emails suggesting that we should all be born old and wrinkly and then age backwards, so that we can party wildly and then die as wrinkled newborns? Apparently, this idea came from the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which was adapted from a novel.
About The Movie
The storyline is about Benjamin Button, who learns about human relationships, as he and his loved ones age in opposite directions. He was born with the appearance and ailments of an 80-year-old man but died looking like a baby. Death was really the central theme. After all, Benjamin was raised amongst the elderly in a retirement home.
From the people around in the home, he watched each pass away; even while he got younger. The movie touched on birth, life and death in the following aspects: there is miracle in the birth of every child even if it is born looking ugly and old; the fleetingness of unrequited love; the letting go in unconditional love; the giving up of a dream may mean opportunities in other areas; and that you can be financially wealthy but poor in love.
While deciding whether or not I would like to spend two hours watching this movie, I read that the show received more critics than favorable reviews. Okay, I have to confess that I chose to watch this movie over the rest because of the main actor. You should see Brad Pitt in his black leather jacket on the motor bike (picture below sadly not representative) or looking cool sailing in a boat! However, I soon found out the main star that stole the show was really Cate Blanchett, who played opposite Bratt! Like a gemstone, she lit up the screen each time she came on.
Unusual Reactions After The Movie
The show was somewhat draggy. I wouldn’t call it extraordinary. But funnily enough, the movie invoked tears that refused to stop flowing. I was still sniffling when I reached home at 1 a.m. What a way to end a mini Valentine’s Day date!! My husband and I had decided to catch the show two nights ago in advance because we knew we would be busy with other appointments on February 14.
He sensed that I could have past life memories, since my reactions appeared unusual. I don’t usually cry after a movie has long ended. At my husband’s suggestion, I tuned in. Ahhhhh….he’s right! There were past life memories stored inside.
My heart ached. In short, it was the realization that it was difficult to emotionally detach totally from loved ones. When it was time to let go, despite spending a lifetime with every spiritual awareness of life being transient, it was still tough at the deathbed. The emotions were very strong. The message of the movie that I had just watched hit home: it was really about the impermanence of life and of love that transcends time.
Perhaps, there will come a stage when I can truly “see” beyond the illusion of my physical incarnation. While I may be aware of the illusion right now, I will only know if I have understood it deeply when experiencing the end. It will be a kick to depart not in great struggle. But in full experiential realization that I am merely transitioning in energy form from the physical to the non-physical. Love is the essence even while there is no physical existence. Spirit is eternal.
By chance, when I opened my inspiration folder in my inbox, I came across this email message that was sent by my friend some months ago. Here was what was said…..
To realise the value of one year, ask a student who failed a grade. To realise the value of one month, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby. To realise the value of one week, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper. To realise the value of one hour, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet. To realise the value of one minute, ask a person who just missed a train. To realise the value of one second, ask someone who just avoided an accident. To realise the value of one millisecond, ask the person who won a silver medal at the olympics.
The value of this message? The clock is ticking!! Make the most of every second!! Make the most of the here and now!
Your comments please
Have you watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button? What would happen if time goes on the reverse for you? How would you choose to live it?
Be My Valentine
Tomorrow (February 14) is Valentine’s Day. Have you made any special plans to let your partner know how much he or she means to you? Perhaps buying a present is not all that matters but giving the gift of time.
Last but not least, Happy Valentine’s Day!! I love you all!!