This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!
March 4th, 2020
Sometimes it is something as simple as a film that can bring us the joy, or simple serenity, we needed in a moment. I revisited an old film I had watched many years ago last night, called Tuck Everlasting. For those who have not seen it, it is about a simple family living in the woods, who many years before had drunk from a little pool of water from a tree, which gave them the gift of immortality. They could not be killed, nor age, nor change in any way. The movie is far from perfect, and as things usually are, I am sure the book version does it more justice, but there is a moment in the film when the father explains to a young girl who had discovered them that what they have is not living that really puts things in perspective for me. Here are some quotes.
“What we Tucks have you can’t call it living. We just… are. We’re like rocks, stuck at the side of a stream”
“Everything’s a wheel, turning and turning, never stopping. The frogs is part of it, and the bugs, and the fish, and the wood thrush, too. And people. But never the same ones. Always coming in new, always growing and changing, and always moving on. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. That’s the way it is.”
“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”
The author Natalie Babbitt really captured the meaning behind the shiftings of the natural world that many of us humans desperately try to escape from.
We all live and die, as everything in this world does. The old shapes the way for the new, and the new revitalizes it, again and again, sometimes falling back, sometimes leaping forward, always bringing forth growth.
Although a part of me thinks being an immortal would be amazing, if you are by yourself in this eternity, watching as everything else changes and leaves you, the pain would be beyond comprehension. For many of us, we remain trapped in a way in our pasts, our emotions, never allowing ourselves to grow, because growth is frightening, because we have to let things die, but it is a necessary part of the wheel, for it has to turn, so that we may become more, and so that those who come after us have a chance to flourish.
Some thoughts to guide you into the coming weekend.
As always, stay health and let your geek freak fly.