LET IT GO

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

 

Benjamin Button said: “You can be as mad as a mad dog at the way things went. You could swear, curse the fates, but when it comes to the end, you have to let go.”

The curious case of Benjamin Button is a wonderful film for a variety of reasons. Aside from having one of the best casts on the planet, (Brad, Cate, Taraji, etc) it was a film that inspired. The story surrounds an child who is born to a family who abandons him because he is different. He is then informally adopted by a woman who was having trouble conceiving. The child who looks like an old man slowly grows into the ever so handsome Brad Pitt. Of course, his lady love, with whom he befriends in childhood is the lovely Cate Blanchett.

But the story is so much more than the sum of its parts. Yes, it is a love story and yes it is a story of courage and forgiveness. But the unique theme in the story is time. We are constantly chasing time. And while we chase what we can never catch, the universe continues on as it will and no matter how much we try to slow down or “make” time, we can never catch up. Do you ever wish you could talk to Time? If it were a person, I can think of several questions we could ask. For example, why does it seem like my work week lasts 10 yrs, while my weekend goes by in milliseconds?

Time can be a wonderful thing. It allows us to have special moments and make memories. It allows us to see our children grow and it allows us to have life changing experiences (i.e. that first car, first love, first time seeing a sunrise). Time can be brutal. It can make an dental appointment last for ages or you can get fired in a blink. Time can make you think you can hold onto anger, emotional pain and guilt. But at the end of the day, would you want to take it with you?

This movie informed me in a very real way,  that that we don’t have all the time in the world. None of us do. We have to make the most of what we do with our time. No matter what is happening to us within it. We can’t worry about the past. We can’t predict the future. We have to live each day. We have to love each day. Because we are all slaves to Time. And we can’t stop the clock.

Benjamin Button said: “You can be as mad as a mad dog at the way things went. You could swear, curse the fates, but when it comes to the end, you have to let go.”

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