July 3, 2015

Live Every Day Like It's Your Last: The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

Why is it that when most of us are reminded about the fragility of life it makes us appreciate life so much more? Maybe it's because deep down we already know this to be true, we just have a hard time reconciling it on a day-to-day basis because of everything else we have going on. Goings on that we no doubt needn't allow to take up a lot of space in our lives much less control them. Am I right?

Movie poster featuring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in character
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Whether you've lost someone close to you or know someone who has, chances are you've had a moment where you thought about your own mortality. You may have even thought about what you would do differently if you knew when it would all come to an end. But the thing is, most of us don't know when it will all come to an end, which is why we really don't have the luxury of wasting a lot of time, if any at all. I think that's why when we see someone who is more in touch with or aware of their mortality, it serves as a huge reminder that we've been spending too much time on the stuff that doesn't fulfill us or make us happy and too little time on the stuff that does. The movie The Fault in Our Stars (2014) is a great reminder that none of us really have time to waste, which is why we should all live every day like it's our last.

In the movie The Fault in Our Stars (2014),  the world of a terminally ill teenager named Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) gets turned upside down, for the better, when she meets and reluctantly falls in love with another terminally ill teenager named Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort). Augustus is exactly what Hazel Grace needs, someone who helps her to open up and enjoy the time she does still have. Although Hazel Grace and Augustus were pretty much smitten from the first moment they laid eyes on each other, Hazel Grace tried to hold back on her feelings out of fear of getting too attached to someone while being terminally ill. Eventually, Hazel Grace couldn't deny her connection with Augustus, even if she wanted to, and the inseparable couple forged a loving bond that transcended the ages and time, in a manner of speaking.

While this movie is an obvious home-run comedy-drama that just so happens to involve two terminally ill teenagers, it also serves as a reminder that we should all live every day like it's our last, doing whatever makes us happy and fulfilled. Like Hazel Grace and Augustus, we shouldn't allow our current circumstances to dictate what we can and cannot do with whomever we want. Being sick is not a death sentence, but not being happy is. So, stop wasting time you don't have on things (and people) that don't really bring you a true sense of happiness. I will if you will.

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