Living Your Authentic Life Series: Part 1 – Discovering what has always been.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
If you haven’t watched this movie, I would definitely recommend adding it to your collection.
Have you ever watched a movie that motivated you? A movie that calls for you to come out of your normal existence? A movie that beckons you to do something greater in life, in your relationships, and in everything that you commit yourself to? Well this movie does that. You get lost in the silliness and incapacitation of a man who daydreams at the most inopportune moments. Pushing pause on his real life in order to imagine himself doing things that he really wanted to do.
Through a series of events he begins to BE the person that had been there all along. His greater existence was in him the whole time. He had the power. He already possessed the capability to be so much more but it would take him getting outside of his comfort zone, outside of his daydreams and on to the path that was leading him toward his reality.
Do any of you remember middle school? My brief stint as a substitute teacher threw me back into the school setting and I found myself remembering the awkwardness of middle school. Middle School wasn't very pleasant for me or most kids that age. It’s the stage where you are discovering where you fit in. You think you’re grown but you really aren't. You’re just a scared kid navigating a new place. You’re trying to flex your muscles, you’re smelling yourself, your body is developing, your self-esteem is waning, peer pressure is increased and the list goes on. It wasn’t until High School that I came into myself. I became an individual, I became someone that was confident and that I could be proud of. Bold, brave, daring…even if it meant that I spent a lot of time in my own world. I danced to my own tune, marched to the beat of my own drum, and you couldn’t place me with one group of people because I talked to everybody. Then life happened, the summer before my first year of college, I was pregnant. Life changed for me drastically in the years to follow and through loss, heartache and life circumstances, I lost who I was. It was hard for me to recognize the girl in the mirror. I no longer knew those eyes that were staring back at me. I became a deflated image of myself.
Much like Walter, life happened and a series of events tossed him about and he settled into this, “less than” Walter. The deflated Walter. The eharmony guy in the movie said, “I pictured you as this little gray piece of paper, but now I see you and it’s like Indiana Jones decided to become the lead singer of The Strokes or something.”
That quote describes it so well, when you are not living life to the fullest, when you are dreaming but not working, when you are letting life happen instead of taking life by the horns, then you become like that little gray piece of paper. Gray isn’t even all that exciting either!! I mean come on???!! Life happens but through the ups and downs and disappointments, don’t forget who you ARE. When I say "who you are", I’m not talking about who you were but who you ARE. The person God says you are. You are so much more than what the hand of life has dealt to you. There are greater things in store. Think about Walter; a man stuck in his imagination and forced to expand beyond himself into a greater more fulfilling existence. The interesting thing about Mitty was his imagination wouldn’t allow him to maintain a normal existence. He would’ve continued to struggle, continued to daydream because who he was wouldn’t allow him to stay the same and be happy with it.
“Life is about courage and going into the unknown.”
When you get a chance, go check out the movie.
Want to keep reading? Check out “Living Your Authentic Life; Part 2”.
If you have enjoyed this post and would love to read more, you have to check out Ericka Chatman's post at ErickaSaves.com called, The Longest Year, How I Lost Everything as part of our Living Your Authentic Life Series.