Last Sunday, smelling of smoke from our afternoon bonfire and waiting impatiently for our Chinese, we stuck the telly on and watched ‘Click’. For those of you who haven’t seen it, here’s a really quick run down of the plot of the movie:
Guy gets new TV remote. New TV remote not only works on the TV but his whole life! He can literally pause his wife mid-moan, turn down the volume of his barking dog, fast-forward, rewind…you get the idea.
*Spoiler alert* Discovering that he can fast-forward things like getting ready in the morning, dinners with extended family etc he begins to fast forward a HUGE portion of his life until before he knows it he’s old, his kids are grown-up and his wife is remarried…Queue big realisation that he’s wasted his entire life. He’s skipped ahead all of the boring, everyday moments so much so that he hardly had any moments at all.
This blew. my. mind and seriously got me doing some deep thinking…because if I had a remote like that I’d absolutely fast-forward my morning workout, getting ready, probably my commute – maybe even my day at work? For what? 3 hours of quality time at home before bed? If I fast-forwarded those things every day, my life would probably only be a few years long!
Really think about it. How much of your day would you fast-forward?
I’m so guilty of looking ahead, counting down the days until the next exciting event. I’ve written about this before here. I know that each day is a gift and yet here I am counting the hours until our holiday, Christmas, new year, summer…We think ahead as though we’ll absolutely be here tomorrow, in a week, even a year – but the scary truth is, no tomorrow is promised to us.
Since I’ve watched the movie something inside me has clicked (ha ha). I have a more positive, grateful approach to the everyday. Things that would be a chore or mediocre before like getting ready or my commute are now moments to be enjoyed because I’m aware of just how much of my life I spend doing these things. Why not make them enjoyable – or at least be in a happy mind whilst doing them? I’m feeling a new gratitude for moments of my day that I just wished away before.
I feel like I’ve found a new calm because I’m no longer in a place of looking ahead – I’m living in the present. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still really excited for future moments – my latest is wanting to put up the Christmas tree! – but I’m enjoying the little details that make the ordinary special…like talking to an American family on the tube who couldn’t believe how packed they get at rush hour. I could’ve just kept my head down and been annoyed as usual at the uncomfortable, crap journey that is the tube but I smiled and made conversation that left me feeling happy at the thought of this family exploring a new city – and reminded me of all the cities I’m yet to explore! ♥️
Really have a think about what you’d fast forward and how you can make those moments more enjoyable. Think about how much of our lives are routine and ‘normal’ and make an effort to make your normality a fabulous, happy ride.
How can you make your ordinary more extraordinary?
Love, Siân x