I love movies.
I believe (shout out to you Grand Canyon) all of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.
I bumble though life pondering who’d play me in a biopic of my life (Julia Louis Dreyfus after lots of begging).
I turn to film more often than not to puzzle through problems and watch how different life choices play out.
I spent my 40th birthday at STORY Seminar learning the ins & outs of screenwriting and word-weaving.
I adore artsy films. I love love love the low brow.
I’ve begun pondering “life as movie.”
I’ve written about this while doing morning pages.
Oh and by way of dull disclosure? Lately I’ve felt bored with my story.
I’m parenting (why did no one tell me stuff becomes more of a time suck as they get older?!).
I’m striving to be a Shamash.
The problem is at the end of all that instead of thinking Go Carla! You’re rocking it! I’ve discovered even I find my plot a tad dull (!)
In an effort to puzzle through this each Friday night I pose a scenario for myself:
If the past 7 days of my life were made into a movie (everything including moments which would typically occur off-screen.):
- Would I be proud of the manner in which I interacted with others?
- Did my actions match what I profess I want for myself this year?
- Did I spend too long gazing in the rear-view mirror?
- Was I grateful even in the face of feeling discouraged?
- Am I riveted by the story or do I feel: Meh, I could leave. I can guess the ending. Do I long to shout at the screen STOP! STOP! Don’t do that! or, worst of all, do I think: I’m entirely bored. I wish the character would make different choices.
- Would I want to see (translation: live) this movie again if I had the choice?
- What would I leave on the cutting room floor if I could re-do the movie before release?
life as movie? always with snacks.
This approach to considering my life provides a powerful way for me to re-frame and evaluate the preceding 7 days.
It’s a simple way to view choices I’ve made and ask myself if I’m really creating the story I want to live.
Thinking of my life as a movie-in-progress provides a reminder I’m in charge of and charged with directing my story.
Only I can decide to make choices which result in my being proud of and interested in what I “produce” each week.
- Have you ever reflected on your life as a movie in progress? Would you be eager for your sequel? Are you creating a compelling story?
- Have you been so bored you’ve walked out of a movie (I’ve done it once: Airheads.)?