Lessons from Soul (2020)

Joe, the main lead in the film, wants to become a jazz musician. He’s so focused on the goal that he missed out on living. He thought, “I’ll be happy when I will finally landed on this big break. My life will finally change forever.”

To make the story short, he finally landed on this “big break”. But after performing, he felt odd because nothing changed in how he perceived his life, he still is him.

On a post entitled, 10 lessons I Learned This Year (2020) I wrote,

When this blog reached 1,000 views, I feel grateful but things just went back to the way it was. I am still reading and writing. When this blog reached 80,000 views, I am still feeling grateful but that’s it. I’m still me. My mindset did not magically change. I am still reading, writing, doing homework, and doing household chores.

And this is why I am thankful that I do not depend my happiness on external outcomes such as “I will be happy once I reached 10k views.” or “I’ll be happy once I passed this project.” because once I achieved any of that, nothing really much changed. I still have more work to do. There are still things to check off in my to-do list.

So with that, I learned to do things just for the sake of doing it because depending my happiness on the things that I do not have control over will make me want “more.”

In other words, I will never be satisfied because I will keep chasing that feeling of “I made it” but the truth is, there never really is that feeling of “I made it.” There will always be another thing to do. So the enjoyment itself is not on the results but on the process of doing it.”

And this is why I love the very last scene of Soul the most, because it shows us a scene wherein Joe, the main character, taking account his environment—feeling the breeze, smelling the wind, and looking at the sky.

Soemtimes, when we rush through life we forgot to live. We missed out on the subtleties of life. Hence, even when there is so many academic works to do (hooray! finals month!), I make time to hangout under the sun, play games and watch movies with my family, reading a book, listening to music, and writing. Because, Now is the only moment I will ever get to have. I want it to be well-lived.

My main takeaway from the film is that your spark or what keeps you going in life doesn’t have to be this big dream of wanting to be a jazz musician or a scientist, or a CEO. Sometimes, it can be sky-watching, walking, talking to other people, teaching/coaching, or even eating.

Life doesn’t start after reaching a goal. Life is today. It is where we all are in right now. In the movie, someone asked Joe what he will do in his life right now and he said “I don’t know. But I’m gonna seize every moment.” (non-verbatim)

Zombies (2018) Afterthoughts

What is the scene that I thought about the most?

This scene.

This scene is very important to me. First, because I grew up watching teledramas that whenever the main character has a deep secret, the antagonist puts the protagonist in a situation wherein he/she would embarrass the protagonist in front of so many people.

In Zombies, the ‘deep secret’ is Addison’s white ‘freakish’ hair that is different from the usual. In the beginning, her cousin, Buck, threatens her that if she continues to befriend with zombies, the Seabrook community would know about her secret.

In there, I kind of got a thought that maybe in the middle, there will be a scene wherein probably Buck would take her wig off or some accident will happen that will result in having her wig off and then ultimately, showing to the public what her secret is.

But, that was not the case. And I AM GLAD AND SO MUCH MORE SATISFIED WITH WHAT HAPPENED.

Near the end, Addison was the one who took her wig off. YEAH this girl is tired of being something she is not and she wants people to accept that there are people different from them in terms of appearance, etc (i.e the zombies and her) but that does not mean that they are any less human.

Honestly, that scene was so powerful because it was Addison who chose to show people who she really is and not like forced to do it (because her secret is revealed) and I would like to thank the script maker and the director for this- for letting Addison be humane. It sends a message to anyone, to not be afraid to be different, be proud of it, be proud that you are you. Also, I would like to say sorry for my unkind thoughts about Bucky. He’s egoistic and self-centered but that does not make him super bad enough to do the things I expected him to do at the beginning.

After that, the people started boo-ing her and I think that that is life. Some people do not accept you immediately ad some really do not but it’s okay. Most people will understand.

Also, this film also states the situation uring segregation wherein they are treated as a lesser human but the kaizen approach of Zed makes the film really great. Small steps lead to big leaps! And it all worked out.