December 14, 2014

Be the Leading Lady in Your Life: The Holiday (2006)

Every now and then, I think we all get so caught up in our lives- just going through the motions- that we loose track of what we're doing or why we were even doing it in the first place. I've been there and I'm sure you've probably been there as well. Whether you're working a job you could no longer stand to work or you're in a relationship that no longer was fulfilling, trust me, it happens to all of us at some point.

The thing is, it's not necessarily a bad thing to get to find yourself in such a predicament, because if you look at it from a different perspective you could see the potential opportunity to turn things around for yourself. Contrary to what some may think, no one is ever stuck in a situation and there is always a way to get back to (or find) your own happiness. You just have to make that the priority and essentially take the lead in your life. You're not a supporting cast member, but rather the leading lady in your own life, so own it. The movie The Holiday (2006), is the most perfect example I can think of to remind us all of this powerful life lesson.

In the movie, The Holiday (2006), a timid and pleasing editor named Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet), impetuously decides to take a life changing vacation (or holiday). She ends up house swapping with a stranger by the name of Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz), after learning of her lover's impending marriage to another woman. Although the initial goal was to leave everything that reminded her about her life in London behind, and Jasper Bloom (Rufus Sewell), Iris ended up spending time with a few strangers who helped her to see that she should be the leading lady in her own life. She also managed to find love in the process; though she wasn't looking for it.

From the first moment that Iris arrived at Amanda's L.A. home, she was hopeful and excited about the possibilities of what could happen while she was there. She was free from her life in London, and more importantly she was free from Jasper...that is until he decided to show up and surprise her because he needed something from her, yet again. But by then, Iris had made new friends in the likes of an old Hollywood actor Arthur Abbott (Eli Wallach) and a friend of Amanda's ex, by the name of Miles (Jack Black), who both helped her to see that she is worthwhile, just the way she is.

By the end of the movie, Iris was well on her way to being the leading lady in her own life, for the first time. She had finally mustered up the gumption to send off Jasper for the last time and had made promising connections with Arthur and Miles, both platonic and romantic respectively. As if that wasn't enough, Iris had managed to strike up a friendship with Amanda, whom was able to shake off her past relationship fears and embark on a serious relationship with Iris' brother Graham (Jude Law), who also happened to be a single parent.

We may not always get the opportunity to go on an life changing holiday excursion, but we all still get opportunities to make changes in our lives, especially for the better. We have to remember that we are not supporting characters in our own lives, but rather the lead role, and as a result we should never let anyone or any situation make us feel anything less than. Talk about a happy ending.

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