When is the last time you had a night where you just talked and gossiped and laughed and bellowed? Me? A little while. It’s not to say they don’t happen, but it seems as you get older, the opportunity to just hang with a friend, watch a movie, drink some wine and have no consequence seems to fade away. We all have our own lives, too many plans and find ourselves preoccupied with well, preoccupations.
I for one love stupid movies. I love stupid, funny movies where you need to pay close attention to see what is really going on. I’m afraid recently that I almost missed the plot while oh-so-religiously checking my iphone to see if I was indeed invited to an oh-so-important bachelorette party. However, my friend, well she kept catching the things I didn’t. I realized that I needed to put down that phone and pay attention to this movie, because dammit, it was funny and I was missing it. It was my life and I was missing it. Once I stopped and decided to focus on only one thing I realized how great the simple things can be.
For anybody who has seen “Pitch Perfect”, it’s an absolutely, horrifically, amazing movie. It is purposely terrible and the plot is intentionally ridiculous. It can go up there with “Best in Show”, “Bring it On”, “Dodgeball” and “Scary Movie”. But, just like those movies – you need to actually listen and actually watch to see all the nuances and underlying jokes and let me tell you…it’s been awhile since I’ve laughed, rewinded, and said “Did they really just say that?” so often with a friend.
We don’t get enough of these moments as we get older. I know that ten years ago they were endless. Ten years ago with roommates, hangovers, and procrastination…my ability to watch pointless movies and laugh…and cry…were daily. The world seemed so big and the future so bright. But, now? Well, I don’t get them as often as I should, but the odd time I do…I think they mean that much more.
So, take a moment. Watch a ridiculously awful, but ultimately wonderful movie. Watch it with a friend. Watch it and rewind. Watch it and laugh. Watch it and cry. Watch it open to falling in love with the worst leading man ever. Watch it with the hopeful wide eyes of a girl who 10 years ago thought that those cheesy movie plot lines really could happen. That the feelings in a John Hughes movie were real and that somewhere out there, whether it be family, friend, or more is a person who will pump their fist for you and sing “Don’t you Forget About Me”. It may not be the world I live in now, but sometimes, just sometimes, it’s the world I want to live in always.
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller
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