April 9, 2015

You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are: Enough (2002)

Fact: no one's life is without challenges, despite appearances. Big or small, challenges are ultimately one of the key indicators that you're still in this game called life. And like most games, how you play makes all the difference in the world.  What we all need to realize, however, is that we don't need any special tools to overcome adversity, we already possess all the tools we need.

Enoughposter.jpgWe all know that you can't just bow out or quit a game just because the going gets tough. The same is true about life, right? That's when you have to find your inner strength to give that challenge all you've got, or else risk losing everything you've worked so hard for. Granted, there's never one simple answer or one easy out to help you overcome whatever adversity you're being faced with, but when you do overcome it, it is then that you'll realized that you are stronger than you thought you were. The movie Enough (2002) is a great reminder of the inner strength the we all have and can summon when needed.

In the movie Enough (2002), Slim (Jennifer Lopez) finds herself being seduced by a charming customer named Mitch (Billy Campbell) in the diner where she works, only to realize she wasn't the only one he was charming. And though there were subtle, and not so subtle, indications of his infidelity and temper, it wasn't until she confronted Mitch that he became physically abusive towards her. It was then that Slim received the wake up call that she needed to leave her troubled marriage, even with a young child and no apparent means to support the two of them. But that was only the beginning of her journey to finding her inner strength.

After finally finding solace in a new town and establishing a home for her and daughter to build a new life, her estranged husband, Mitch, tracks her down to stake his claim on his family. This time, Slim, who had been learning self defense, was both mentally and physically ready to confront her abuser. Once and for all Slim was able to put an end to the vicious cycle of fear and abuse in her and her daughter's life.

In addition to being a compelling story of triumph from an abusive relationship, this movie is a great example of someone realizing their inner strength. Sometimes we don't think we have what it takes to get through something, or to face someone, but we do. All we have to remember is that we have survived challenges up until this point in our lives and we will continue to do so. So just remember, you are stronger than you think you are, because you actually are.

April 3, 2015

Where There Is A Will, There Is A Way: 27 Dresses (2008)

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There is nothing quite like the human spirit, right? No matter what you're going through now or where you've been in your past, you are where you are today because of your will to be here. But wait, it gets better.

The best part is that you can will yourself into a different, better circumstance in the present too. Say, for example, you've always wanted to start a clothing line because you have a knack for designing clothes. If you've actively always seized opportunities to realize that dream of yours, then for sure it will indeed happen one day. Preparation will in fact meet opportunity; but only if you keep at it. Sorry, but laziness won't get you your clothing line. Speaking of clothing, 27 Dresses (2008) is a great example of the lesson: where there is a will, there is a way. 

In the movie 27 Dresses (2008), Jane Nichols (Katherine Heigl) is a hopeless romantic who managed to accumulate twenty-seven bridesmaid dresses after attending the weddings of friends and acquaintances. Although she was initially quite happy assisting others with their "big day," the more weddings she attended, the more she was reminded about what was missing in her own life. Lucky for her, where there is a will, there is a way. In her case, she wanted to find someone special to share her life with. By focusing so much on other people's romantic lives and all things romantic, what she didn't realize was that she was willing that very thing into her own life; and by the end of the movie she was the one getting married.

On the surface, this movie is a standard romantic comedy with a typical Hollywood ending. However, on a subsurface level there is a deeper, more powerful implication for us all to live a more fulfilling life. Specifically, by focusing on and working towards anything that we desire, we can will whatever we want into our lives. Remember the clothing line example. We can have whatever we desire, because where there is a will, there is always a way.