Ok, I know this movie was released in 2009 – so I am behind times but this past weekend my husband and I watched and thoroughly enjoyed the Pixar film, “Up.”
We laughed. We wiped away a few tears. And the movie’s lessons linger with me.
Basically UP is the story of an older man, revisiting a dream from his youth. When he was younger, he and his wife both dreamed of going to South America on a big adventure. After his wife dies and life as he has known it changes all around him, he decides to go on that adventure even if he is alone. But he is not alone as an eight-year-old boy stows away on his trip. As they explore together, they met a menagerie of talking dogs, an evil villain, and a really cool bird.
This movie is full of rich lessons:
· Treasures can be found in even the oddest of relationships. Everyone has a story and we can learn and grow from sharing those stories with our fellow companions on life journey. Makes me wonder who am I missing, ignoring or walking past on my path. Time to pay attention to those around me.
· Often it is what you don’t do, you look back upon with regret. My hubby and I made the intentional decision in our early-married days, not to put off what we truly wanted as a couple. We have seen too many couples not make it together to retirement and have their “someday” plans interrupted by illness or death. We have no regrets. The photo on this blog above is the balloon ride we took in December – something from my bucket list and quite an adventure!
· Yet even if the biggest dream you have doesn’t ever materialize you can be content, find happiness in everyday love in families. Ellie, the old man’s wife, loved every day with her hubby and the fun of just being together. At the end of the movie, the old man reads Ellie’s final message to him: “Thanks for being my great adventure. Now have one yourself.” He realizes that he has been living for a “dream” but all the while his wife was living the dream with him. Too often, we always live for ‘someday” while missing out of life. We fail to enjoy each day’s moments.
· This movie reminded me life IS an adventure if we only look “up.” To look at each day with that frame of mind makes me excited to see what extraordinary gems are waiting to be discovered in our ordinary moments.
What adventure will we explore today?