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Saturday, 19 March 2011

The Meaning Of Life (I figured it out)

How many of us are stuck behind walls? Can't write that script because something makes us blurry? Can't commit to that relationship because something makes us numb? Can't go out at the weekend because we just can't find that energy anymore?

Life becomes a series of things you need to do and appointments you need to keep. And the company you keep is just a repeat episode where you bitch about the same people and come up with new plans which are just a way of travelling around a circle in a slightly different way.

If you're religious, you know this is all a trap, a test, a thing to pass on the way to something better. If you don't believe in the Gods, it's just a meaningless ride and you gotta be at work at 9.


This is your life. These are our lives and everything stays the same and we argue with the neighbour and demand things from our families and judge our friend's relationships.

But man went to the moon. And Shakespeare had ideas. And Martin Luther King liked humanity. And Chaplin smiled. It's the dreams and the ideas and the art that make the ride worth it.

The girl from your past is more beautiful to the sound of a song you both loved. The people you lost along the way are more vivid when you remember their love for old war movies. Your relationship with your kids is strongest when you build things together or invent storylines about aliens from mars.

Keep believing in the aliens. Keep creating them. Don't ever let anyone make you think the aliens aren't the most important thing in the world.

Your creativity, your art, your mad mind, they're what makes life worth living. You've always known this, so don't ever shy away from it. Don't ever pretend it's not what life is about.

Care to share?

18 comments:

  1. Great post. Thanks for this. I kind of needed it at this point in my life.

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  2. Yep. My mad mind, definitely. Mad and exhausted (from all the circle running). ;)

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  3. Just right. The right thing said in the right way.

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  4. Well written and inspiring, you know I have always wanted to discover the meaning of life. Thanx for the piece! But wait, does that mean life depends on what u think?

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  5. I love this. My grandson and I always end up in rhyming contests when I see him. He just turned four and is at that age where his whole body is involved when he laughs and he looks like if only he could laugh harder, he would. That's the image I'll have someday when I leave this world. I sure won't be thinking about all the useless things currently on my to-do list!

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  6. I like this meaning of life better than the ones every self-help person is touting!

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  7. When I first came across your blog I thought you were just another movie blogger, how wrong could I be.
    This post is wonderful, thought provoking and inspiring.
    I'm now going to try and knock down some of those walls you posted about !

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  8. Great post. Thanks for writing this.

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  9. wow, what a burst of inspiration. ;)

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  10. Hi All - thanks so much for your kind words! I'm glad it resonates with you.

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  11. Great post, Kid. It is a good reminder for me these days! Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Kid, I read a post in THE INDEPENDENT stating how, in education (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/as-education-cuts-loom-drama-teachers-are-first-in-line-for-chop-2240987.html) and it seems us creative people are going to be screwed over soon enough.

    I think its awful - especially as I am an art teacher whilst my partner is a drama teacher - but i'd be interested in your take on the situation...

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  13. I dont know how else i can get ahold of you, but kid, i am in despret need of some help, i have writers block and my deadline is coming up and my editer is getting agry, you have any tips on writers block, could you posibly blog about it?

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  14. Robin: http://www.kidinthefrontrow.com/2009/11/interacting-with-writers-block.html

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  15. "Keep believing in the aliens."

    Or, in my case, dragons--they're cuter.

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