Little Joys Ch.64: Tuck Everlasting on life and death and our part in the natural world

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.

Anime Talk: Moana and the creative spirit

Great art is a subjective experience, at least to a large degree.

Each of us are affected in a myriad of ways by the beauty of the things we experience and see in our lives. As I was re-watching Moana, Disneys island life adventure, I was struck by how much inspiration we can pull from the world around us.

When I hear people say the words I am bored, it truly hurts my heart. With access to the internet, nature, and vast amounts of history and culture, for us to say we are bored is the pinnacle of modern day ridiculousness.

Moana is a wonderful movie, its main character is both brave and unsure, incredibly strong in moments yet also filled with fear. She is a perfect embodiment of the human experience in this life, and all the aspects of ourselves we can bring forth into a moment.

From a stylistic design, it’s simply a gorgeous film. The islands, water, magic, and character designs are just lovely, and the music scores are wonderful, surprising even me as I usually dislike it when films rely too heavily on making their characters sing to express things.

Anyone looking for some inspiration for their own art or creative endeavors, or simply looking to be inspired by good voice acting and lovable characters, checking out Moana will be one of the better decisions you make today.

Stay healthy and let your geek freak fly folks!

Little Joys Ch.39

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!

February 8th, 2020

The world of film and television has been bombarded by low quality projects with very little effort put into the crafting of story or characters. But every once in awhile something comes around that jars you out of the disappointment zone and into that joyous area of  wonder that new stories bring.

Of course, this is a very subjective feeling. Everyone has their own subconscious criteria that allows them to enjoy a show or movie.

I came upon a new Netflix series release over the weekend called Locke & Key. Based off a graphic novel series, it has been in and out of development for nearly a decade, until it was finally picked up recently, and I have to say that I find Netflix did a great job with it.

It was suspenseful, kept you guessing, left enough clues that you could make assumptions and there was a 50-50 chance you were right or wrong. The young cast did well enough to make you genuinely believe in them, and the magic system and story were good enough to draw me in again and again.

It was a bit frustrating due to many decisions not making sense, so much could have been found out by characters by simply using the magic properly, but that is to be expected in a show that is trying to keep as much mystery as possible so that you come back for more.

All in all, it was a nice change to have a show with magic actually turn out relatively well, which bodes well for the future of book adaptations, I hope they continue to make more.

I definitely recommend checking the show out.

Little Joys Ch. 37

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!

February 6th, 2020

Passion is a fascinating thing. When it hits someone, or a group, it can help create the most beautiful, weird, awesome works that we have had the pleasure to see and hear in our lifetimes.

As I was re-watching whisper of the heart yesterday, one of studio Ghibli’s films, I was caught up in how beautiful every scene was, the attention to detail, the care put into each characters development, even if what they did or said was quite silly.

It was a double hit to the soul really, as the main characters of the film are two young children who are embarking on separate journeys in which they are discovering their passions and what they enjoy doing. For one, that is going to Italy to learn to create violins, for the other, it is becoming a writer, and developing her own story for the first time in her life. Intertwined through it all is a focus on discovery, on pushing themselves to see what they can do, to see whether what is in their head and hearts is real.

For many of us, passion ebbs and wanes. It is hard to maintain sometimes, because of the monotony of the daily grind, issues with family and friends, relationship woes, sickness and fatigue, the list goes on and on. We forget all about that joy of discovery we had when we were younger, when it was all about the journey, about testing our limits, seeing what we were capable of.

Part of my leaving home and traveling around has been a giant test run. To see if I was able to do this writing thing. And it’s been a roller-coaster ride of ups and downs, moments of furious creativity, followed by weeks and months of listless energy and a void in my mind so vast I felt like I was falling without end.

But then I come across something like whisper of the heart, and I remember why I started this, what the whole point of it all is. It’s the discovery, the journey, the beauty of trying to find a light in all this chaos.

One step at a time.

One little joy at a time.

 

 

Little Joys Ch.27

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!

January 27th, 2020

There is a deep pleasure to be found in re-watching something you have seen before. The same could be said for reading.

Each time you delve into a story, you find more meaning, more detail, another way of seeing that you did not before. Perhaps it is your own mind fleshing out the story in a way that pleases you, or displeases, so that as you dive into the history of this world that has been created you become more and more a part of it, yet it becomes more a part of you, being shaped by you as it shapes you in return.

Stories are one of humanities greatest creative inventions, and there are so many to be discovered that is it mind boggling to even think of  going through them all.

But it’s worth a shot!

 

Little Joys Ch.2

As part of an ongoing challenge to myself, I will be sharing a little joy I have found each day of this year and perhaps for the rest of my life. Hope you enjoy!

As someone who truly believes a healthy mind and emotional state stem from taking care of ourselves physically through nutrition and a large movement practice, I find myself always a bit hesitant to indulge in my obsession with film, tv and games.

Yet there is something incredibly satisfying about delving into new worlds and exploring. Finding a new game, or a new show that just kicks you right in the happy place is so awesome.

This is doubly true when you happen to be doing this with someone you care for, being able to share a show or game you love with someone and seeing them find pleasure in it is exquisite.

As I was watching two different shows with a friend today, I was lucky enough to be able to see that enjoyment sparkling in their eyes.

There is nothing quite like the pleasure of shared interest.

 

Share your stories

Stories shape us.

Since the first Humans began to communicate we have been sharing our thoughts, emotions and daily adventures through a host of mediums; cave paintings, pottery and simple drawings in the dirt.

The stories we tell ourselves and others help us to understand the world, to expand our limited perceptions and reach out across the void and touch, however briefly, the life of another, real or imagined.

The most important thing all of us can do is continue to share these stories for they are the bedrock of community.

Whether you are a writer, musician or painter never stop sharing because now more than ever, Humanity needs your stories.