Different Movies, All About Choice

During the first weekend of January, I decided to have a movie marathon. I’ve had several movies at home I haven’t watched and it seemed that it was a good time to catch up on them. Oddly enough, though they were of different genres, there was one underlying theme: choice.

  • The Matrix Trilogy
  • Something Borrowed
  • 300: Rise of the Empire
  • extra: Once Upon A Time S04E12 (Maid Marian)

Thanks to the above movies, with Serendipity being the trigger, my Fridays have become reflective so much so that I had to share my thoughts to the rest of the world.

The Thing About Fate

The other day I watched Serendipity for the first time. Yes, the first time.

Anyone who ever knew that I’ve never watched it gave similar reactions:

“You should watch it!”

“You’ll be missing half of your life if you don’t watch it!”

“It’s a good movie. You should watch it.”

So I did. The thing is… the movie wasn’t really about serendipity. It wasn’t about finding something good without looking for it. It was wholly about fate. And they went on and on about the idea that if they were meant to be, fate would see to it. If not, fate will also see that they do not meet.

I think fate’s behind everything.

But you see, I don’t see fate in the way that it is portrayed in movies or in its romanticized definition. I see fate as the inevitable consequence of a series of actions and decisions that we made. There is nothing pre-destined because our actions lead us to our outcomes.

It’s like the Choose Your Own Adventure series. Our choices determine our respective endings. It’s the consequence of free will. And in a long line of decisions, choices made, and acts committed, we get what we deserve. Our endings… whatever it may be.

Fate isn’t what happens. It’s not the reason. It’s the result.

Agree?

The Thing About Signs

The thing about signs is that they are just simple things, occurrences that are nothing out of the ordinary until we make them extraordinary. It’s something that catches our attention because at that moment, we were either deep in thought or just being mindless, and that something breaks us out of our thoughts or thoughtlessness.

Either way, we decide whether to put meaning into it. We decide whether we interpret it or how we interpret it. And we decide how to act on that interpretation. It’s all in our heads. It’s just a human construct.

Agree?

Seven Questions

So I saw this over Facebook and went to the author’s blog/site because his strange questions got to me as I am sure it did most of those who have stumbled upon and read it. I will not attempt to criticize his post, copy-paste the whole article, or even try to summarize (it’s quite long). You can find here.

But I will share his questions, which are indeed strange, and thus required the him to elaborate at length. I hope you’d go to his site. It’s a good read and it does make you reflect, as it did me. You can go back to me and share your thoughts on the matter or share them in his site. This is not a sponsored post, mind you, though it seems that way. His article just got to me enough for me to share it here.

7 Strange Questions that Help You Find Your Life Purpose
by Mark Manson

1. What’s your favorite type of shit sandwich and does it come with an olive?

2. What is true about you today that would make your 8-year-old self cry?

3. What makes you forget to eat and poop?

4. How can you better embarrass yourself?

5. How are you going to save the world?

6. Gun to your head, if you had to leave the house all day, every day, where would you go and what would you do?

7. If you knew you were going to die one year from today, what would you do and how would you want to be remembered?

I tried answering each question as I read along. Some were a bit easy (because I’m already at the point of wondering what the heck I’m doing here on earth) while some require deep reflection. I believe anyone who would try to answer all of these seriously will in the end change their life’s course or be all the more determined to continue their journey.

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What did you think about Mark Mason’s article?

A dream is a wish your heart makes

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I have so many dreams, so many likes, that I can’t even begin to focus on just one to fulfill. If you’ve already combed through my blog, you’d know a few of them already. Since then, my dreams have only grown and I sort of feel that I’m getting left behind.

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I’d like to have a coffee shop of my own. I’d like to have a studio of my own to do what I love–dance, pole, Zumba, yoga, etc. I’d like to be a certified Zumba instructor. I’d like to be a yoga teacher. I’d like to run a second hand bookstore. And I also want to travel the world and meet new people. These are just a few of those things and sometimes, I think I’m looking at a map with tangled roads that don’t seem to go anywhere.

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Have you ever had that feeling of not knowing what to do? You’re at point A and you want to get to point B but you don’t know how? And what about wanting to get from point A to points B, C, D, etc. all at once?

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For now, I’m taking baby steps, have been taking them quite a lot lately. And I know I still have hundreds, if not thousands or millions, of steps to take on to fulfill these dreams. Possibly I’ll have to give up on some or alter them if it’s permitted. After all…

I am never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ~ C.S. Lewis

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