Monday, November 29, 2010

The pursuit of Happiness

So tonight I watched the movie "The Pursuit of Happiness" starring Will Smith. I know he may seem cocky with his one man shows, but he always seems to star in a flick with a good underlying moral message. I can get behind that. Spoiler Alert!! The movie is all about a man and his son struggling to make it financially. They end up becoming homeless and struggle to sleep in a homeless shelter at night. Will Smith's character works hard to get a job as a broker. The movie really made me appreciate everything I have. Since I moved to my first apartment at the end of the summer, I was constantly complaining about everything to do with the apartment. We have to share a washer and drier with the other tenants in the building, the walls are thin and sometimes it's distracting to try and study or sleep at night when the neighbors are partying or have their t.v.'s too loud. My boyfriend and I will look at our cupboard and think we have nothing to eat, but in reality there is food there. I am so glad I had the desire today to stop at my local small town library and rent these movies. Now I realize how lucky I am just to have a warm place to sleep at night. I am lucky to have food, and a place to keep my food. I am lucky I have clean clothes, and clothes for all seasons. Though I have to say I am so glad I found some really cheap good deals on black friday to save money on buying clothes since my body is changing as I am starting to have a more "mature womanly body". But I am thankful to have some extra cash to buy those clothes. I love black friday not just for getting great deals on x-mas presents, but I take advantage of the deals for things I would buy normally anyways. The point is, every now and then it's nice to be brought back to reality, and realize that there is always someone out there who has things worse than you, and you should just appreciate what you do have in your life. There will always be someone out there who has things better than you, but you shouldn't waste your time being jealous of them. Life is what you make of it. If you are always complaining about what you don't have, you will never appreciate what you do have, and you will always feel unhappy. But if you remind yourself how lucky you are for all of the blessings you do have in your life, then you will actually be able to feel happy. Chris, the character played by Will Smith in "The Pursuit of Happiness", finally realizes that finally getting the job he has worked so hard to get, and in turn having money to survive, is all it took for him to find true happiness. He was always searching for something to make him happy, and just being able to support himself and his son, was all he needed in his pursuit of happiness. This movie is a good example that if you work hard to get what you want in life, you can make your dreams become a reality. But it won't happen just sitting around and wishing for it. You have to go out and so something about it. Make an effort. So get out there and make something good happen for your life.

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