Today, it’s easy to get sucked into the swirl of negativity that engulfs our daily lives. In the face of adversity and hatred, some people find peace by reading their favorite books; others venture outside and get some fresh air; still others find solace by traveling; and yet more (like me) choose to immerse our spoons in an ice-cream tub and watch a nice movie.
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My favorite pastime is watching movies, which both entertain me and teach me important truths about love and life. Yes, they take a long time to complete, which is why I’m grateful when I find one that’s worth the effort.
During some of my worst days, I was inspired and encouraged to become a better person by these five self-care movies:
1. A Beautiful Mind
Because it is loosely based on the true biography of math genius John Nash, the film shows how this young man with schizophrenia, despite his brilliant mind, remained optimistic and fought his battles on his own terms. When young Nash (Russel Crowe’s character) from Princeton learned he had schizophrenia, he chose to embrace it rather than hide his powers.
The late genius Nash was the first person to earn the Nobel Prize in economics and the Abel Prize for his perseverance and resolve, making him the first person to receive both of these renowned honors.
An important life lesson that still rings true after 18 years in this four-time Oscar winner: pick your battles wisely.
My particular takeaway from this uplifting film was the importance of filtering out negative remarks and pursuing a certain goal despite obstacles.
2. Peaceful Warrior
This is a goodie, then. In the beginning, I didn’t pay much attention to this film, but when it kept coming up in my social media newsfeeds, I decided to watch it. It was the best decision I’ve ever made. When it came to looks, athletic ability, a deep voice, and attractive women, Dan (played by Scott Mechlowicz) had it all! Nevertheless, he was constantly disappointed in himself for not having achieved more. He was constantly surrounded by a gloomy atmosphere, and this bothered him much (much like my younger self haha).
One day, though, he meets an old wise man (Nick Nolte) who helps open his eyes to the endless possibilities that lie ahead. After that, Dan’s self-discovery journey begins. A timeless film about self-acceptance and the importance of telling our own experiences.
“Death isn’t sad. It’s just a fact of life…. More and more individuals aren’t living at all,” and “Everyone tells you what to do and what is best for your health. Nobody wants you to come up with your own solutions. “They want you to believe their story,” says the author.
3. The Pursuit of Happyness
Without a doubt, this film would rank in my top 5. To be honest, I didn’t expect to write a self-care movie review and not include this wonderful film, brilliantly documented by Will Smith and his son, Jaden.
If you’re planning on viewing this film, make sure you have plenty of tissues around because it’s going to rain and your couch will get soaked through.
After going through a divorce, being homeless, and taking on a great responsibility for his son, an ordinary salesman searches for the meaning of life. The story depicts a man who, despite his wife abandoning him, rose from rags to riches through sheer willpower and courage.
It goes without saying that this film is jam-packed with memorable phrases and life lessons that can be applied to any walk of life.
“If you work hard and long enough, the sky is your limit” is a true testimonial to this.
4. If I Stay
Portland, Oregon, is home to a family of four musicians, with the daughter Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz) a Beethoven enthusiast. She clings to the cello as if it were her own and waits for a letter of acceptance from Julliard, a renowned New York institution.
In the blink of an eye, a vehicle accident claims the life of the entire family, leaving just Mia alone. A spiritual out-of-body experience (SOBE) is an experience that occurs when someone is no longer in their physical body, such as when a person suffers a coma.
Because she’s an orphan, she has no say in whether or not she lives. The prospect of a successful musical career and loving paternal grandparents awaits her if she survives. Her parents and younger brother will be with her in the arms of God when she dies.
In the wake of watching this film, my partner and I had a lengthy conversation about the question, “What makes life worthwhile?” Were our bonds established through our interactions with one another? Life’s material possessions? It’s all about pursuing ambitions and goals? What is it about this existence that makes it so wonderful? For those who have lost a loved one and are in the process of healing, this is a powerful film.
An inspirational film that encourages us to focus on the positive aspects of our lives rather than dwelling on our problems and difficulties.
5. Slumdog Millionaire
That’s right, I kept my finest for last! I don’t know where to begin with this incredible film. Too many universal principles were embodied in it: courage, honesty, wisdom, love, endurance, and humility.
An orphaned Indian boy who is a competitor on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is accused of cheating when he answers every question perfectly in this 2008 British drama film. Attempting to answer each question, he recalls his life journey from childhood to the present day of how he knew the exact answer to each question. he says. “How can a poor slum orphan like him know the exact answers to all the questions?” he was frequently asked.
The show’s winner Jamal (played by Dev Patel) was a young man who had been subjected to harsh criticism, bribery, hostility, and persecution. Relying on our own beliefs and trusting in our own abilities is a lesson we may learn from the Best Picture winner of 2009. Since Jamal’s slum days, he learned to never give up and be grateful for what he had.
The best instructor is one’s own experience. There are some things that can only be learnt by hands-on experience rather than through rote memorization.