Life Isn’t Like the Movies – Unless You Make It So

There are few enough epic moments. There is no swelling musical score. It often isn’t clear whether a challenge is a climax or just another conflict.

People are often so disappointed to find that the world is not like the movies.

They assume this is because the world is a dark and cynical place that hates their dreams. In fact their disillusionment comes because they are forgetting something about movies.

A movie has directors and producers: people who bring settings together, dress the actors, dress the landscape, and show them how to act.

A movie also has protagonists and supporting actors: the people who take the bold, romantic, determined, beautiful actions that make for a compelling story.

Most people don’t realize that the world is charmless because they are failing to play the roles that charm the movies. The world doesn’t have directors, producers, supporting actors, and protagonists. That’s what you’re here for.

The world *can* be like the movies, but people must make it so.

As producer you must provision for the creation of magic. You must find beautiful and meaningful places in which to spend your time and energies. How you dress, what music you listen to (your “score” is now easier to make than ever, for any activity), what you eat: all of these things can make the world a charmed or charmless place.

As director you must coordinate your actions and (to the extent possible) incentivize others to act in harmony with you. You must find good supporting actors (and occasionally be one) in the form of good friends and comrades.

And as protagonist you must say the meaningful things, take the bold and dangerous actions in pursuit of right, and live in a way that enchants the people around you with a vision of beauty.

Each day is a new film shoot. Remember that the movies are to be a shadow of life, not the other way around.

Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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