But the point of my writing is not to review the movie but my feelings before, during and after seeing this movie.
I had the mindset that I was going to be the only one in the theater… However about 10 minutes to show three other couples and a group of three seemingly single women came.
With initial disappointment my mind wandered through thoughts of disappointment and questioning why I even came to this “stupid” movie.
As the lights dimmed and the picture began I was immediately plunged into nostalgia (both good and bad) and hooked into a story that I had only known for five minutes.
By the end of the movie I had developed a connection with people that I will never know because they are just characters. I had felt years of pain that doesn’t exist but only in a two-hour movie.
As I drove home I drove in silence. Then I sat in my driveway for 30 minutes… in silence. I am writing this to the soundtrack of the movie (which I bought before even pulling out of the movie theater) because I didn’t even want to turn on my television to watch what I normally do at the time present.
My mind is rushing with thoughts of the lives of characters that will never see anymore than the two hours I saw. You may call it fantasy but I am contemplating a life (in New York City, of course) where fate can bring two people together who have never met, yet have so many things in common.
Maybe it is just the mind of a guy who will be graduating soon with no idea of what is ahead, or the mind of a guy who after three years in what seemed to be in a fantastic relationship, snapped in a minute and is forever trying to find the meaning of every minute of every day. Maybe it’s the mind of a six-year-old boy still living in the heart of 21 year old man who wants to give up the cares of the world simply to grab his helmet and feel free wants again.
The social convention of today’s world is to grow-up and become an adult… Get a job, work until you’re 70 and then die. Who is to say that it needs to be so cut and dry? What happened to adventure? What happened to not planning for contingency? Why must everything be laid out, planned out, handed out?
Structure is no doubt needed… But why cannot we as humans enjoy not knowing what is next and just enjoy the exploration. Granted some things require a bit of money… But want doesn’t require money is just going… just doing… and being.
Go to the “hip” area in town and just hang out. Find the adventure find your inner-child.
The title of this post is ‘Lost Stars’ simply because it is a great song from the movie and I’ve listened to it too many times already.
Over the next few years I am leaving no stone unturned… No opportunity untaken… No adventure left behind… Whether that adventure is in New York City or in Tortilla Flat, Arizona (it’s a real place…)
I leave you with the chorus of the song ‘Lost Stars’ which says:
“God, tell us the reason youth is wasted on the young
It's hunting season and the lambs are on the run
Searching for meaning
But are we all lost stars, trying to light up the dark?”
Find your adventure and light up the dark