Hey everyone! Today, I have something a little in depth that I wanted to share with you. Do you have someone in your life with whom you associate a life-changing moment? I definitely do, and I'm sure you do as well. For me, it's my two friends, John and Michelle. They're a great couple who have been together for what seems like forever. I even lived with them for a while. If it hadn't have been for them, I wouldn't have the life that I have now.
I recently watched a movie that made me stop and think about this topic a great deal. It is called About Time. About Time, which releases on November 8th, 2013, a film from Richard Curtis, the creator of Love Actually, Notting Hill, and Four Weddings and a Funeral, is the story of a man, named Tim, who discovers that he, as well as the other men in his family, has a gift that allows him to go back and relive any moment of his life. When I initially saw the trailer, I immediately assumed the movie would feature a cookie cutter plot: Character makes a huge mistake that alters the future. Character spends remainder of the movie trying to right the wrong. Character learns valuable life lesson and lives happily ever after. Credits. ... I was very surprised to see that I was wrong. It isn't cookie cutter at all. It really feels like you are watching someone's life. Of course, there are conflicts ... a number of them in fact. But they're dealt with and we move on through Tim's life, just as we all do, everyday. It makes it very real to you. It becomes less and less about the man's ability, and more about the pivotal points and people in his life.
While I was living with John & Michelle, I noticed a framed Polaroid on their bar. I looked at it closely because it kind of cracked me up to see a framed Polaroid. (Sorry guys.) The photo was of John, but there was another man in the photo. My jaw dropped. He was absolutely gorgeous. After a ridiculous amount of pestering on my part, they finally invited him over. They were a bit reluctant, since he actually had a girlfriend at the time - but there's only so much annoyance you can take before you just relent. To say the least, we were kind of mad for each other. After two years of horrible timing for the both of us, we finally found ourselves available, and living in the same state for a change. We had two casual outings - and then we threw casual out the window. The rest, as they say, is history.
The past seven years with my husband have been so amazing, and I owe it all to my two friends. I cannot imagine the track my life would have taken if I had never have seen that simple photo. There were so many memory triggers for me while I was watching this movie. Tim spends so much time simply waiting to see the girl he adores, just as I did whenever I would so much as hear my now husband's name. Tim's dry sense of humor and lighthearted jabs that he and his beloved engage in are so similar to that of mine and my husband's. It was a lovely way to remember so many special days in our life that we saw so well mirrored on the big screen.
After seeing it, I stayed quiet for quite some time and reflected on crucial points of my own life, things I wish I could have changed, or days I simply wish I could re-live. The funny thing is, there weren't many things I wanted to go back to change. There were so many amazing times I wish I could re-live. Many of them to spend time with loved ones that have passed on, the beautiful days with my family, or just sharing some amazing laughs with my friends.
I am so happy that I had the opportunity to see this movie. It was funny, well written, well thought out, and beautiful. It opened my eyes to a lot of different aspects of my own life, and that's pretty rare.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Universal Pictures through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about About Time, all opinions are my own.