up in the air

23 Feb

i watched a couple of nights ago the movie Up in the air, starring George Clooney. A quote from this movie still crosses my head, the best movie line i’ve heard recently (hmm come to think of this, i can’t remember a movie line by heart – i think since Fight Club, my fave)

“How much does your life weigh? Imagine for a second that you’re carrying a backpack. I want you to pack it with all the stuff that you have in your life (…)  Now I want you to fill it with people. Start with casual acquaintances, friends of friends, folks around the office… and then you move into the people you trust with your most intimate secrets. Your brothers, your sisters, your children, your parents and finally your husband, your wife, your boyfriend, your girlfriend. (…) You get them into that backpack, feel the weight of that bag. Make no mistake your relationships are the heaviest components in your life. All those negotiations and arguments and secrets, the compromises. The slower we move the faster we die. Make no mistake, moving is living. Some animals were meant to carry each other to live symbiotically over a lifetime.”

and as i wrote the quote down, i googled the word “friendship”. wiki is the first definition to appear. the first row: “Friendship is the cooperative and supportive relationship between people, or animals”. hmmm i say that is very funny and i continue reading.  “In this sense, the term connotes a relationship which involves mutual knowledge,esteem, affection  and respect along with a degree of rendering service to friends in times of need or crisis.”

combine this definition with the movie quote.  keeping a sentimental line/distance from people in order not to be burden yourself. you can feel good, self sufficient, happy maybe, but the strangest thing is you don’t know/feel lonely. that’s the “best” recipe in life, but in the end you only remain a spectator, with no strings, no one to carry around.

Make no mistake your relationships are the heaviest components in your life. All those negotiations and arguments and secrets, the compromises. The slower we move the faster we die. Make no mistake, moving is living.

but how it would be if you don’t have anything to fill the backpack up?

maybe it’s for the best to feel burdened by a loaded backpack and to have a slower, but full and fulfilling life

or maybe it’s best if you carry it for a while, then feel like it is too damn heavy and try to loose it up a little and select the stuff in your life. or struggle with its own weight, your life’s weight, but happy and proud that you have a loaded backpack to move around.

-to be continued-

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2 Responses to “up in the air”

  1. Guadalupe Peha February 27, 2010 at 9:37 am #

    I would have to say this is an certified piece of work. I say this needs mentioning elsewhere.

  2. Kostenlose Filme March 6, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    Hey mate
    Nice post.
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