Last week I read this article; Americans Don’t Really Care About Typhoon Haiyan, Study Says. I was devastated because I tweeted about it, gave money to another organization and am doing my best to stay informed. That article inspired this edition of Live to Give. My intention with this post, regardless if people give to this organization or not they’ll remember to do their part.
The organization being featured this time is UNICEF. According to its website, as of De. 6 6.7 million children have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. This is an organization that I believe in because of the quick action and respect it has for helping children in need around the world.
Please join me in supporting the children who lives have changed from this disaster.
Let’s not forget about helping those in need!
My connection to Nelson Mandela (July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013) goes back to the day I was born. He was freed from the South African Prison where he was held for 27 years on February 11, 1990; the day I was born. I was told it was on the television in my hospital room.
The world has lost a great person, but his spirit and life’s work will forever live to make the world a more peaceful place.
I will leave you with several quotes from Nelson Mandela:
“Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.”
“Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
“I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days.”
The joys of watching a great Independent Film never seems to get old and sharing it with you all is even better. A few weeks ago I did go to one of my local theatres and watched The Dallas Buyers Club. That was a great movie and deserves the recognition and attention that it is receiving. Since, I took a break from blogging last mont, I was didn’t post about it. With that being said, please go see The Dallas Buyers Club and tell me what you think.
Now on to the focus of this specific post; The Way, Way Back. It’s no longer in theatres, so you’ll have to rent or buy the dvd. For me, I was familiar with this film and remember when it was released, but never made it to a movie theatre to watch and really hadn’t thought about it since. Until recently, when I was scanning dvd selections for rent and came across it. I watched the above trailer (which was far better than the tv version) and was intrigued.
It’s a coming of age story, similar to one of my favorites – The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This story takes places over the course of a summer for a boy that is 14 years old. He’s dealing with unstable relationships with the adults in his life, but begins to find solace in an unlikely place and friends.
What I loved about the film was the vulnerability of its lead young actor Duncan. He’s a timid kid that learns to be brave and adventurous. Duncan encounters moments of sheer happiness and glee, but that can quickly turn to sadness and anger because of different situations in his life. It is our role as the viewer to follow along with him and before you know it, you too will be embracing his outlooks and emotions. I even found myself verbally rooting for him to take a chance and just do it (one of the last major moment of the movie, after watching you’ll know what I’m talking about).
The Way, Way Back makes you look back on your own life and identify those defining moments from your childhood that really changed the direction of your life for the better. It’s those moment that have a positive affect on us and really have a way of shaping our personalities, identities, character and outlook on life. It’s through those defining moments, for Duncan it was a summer, that really show us who we are at a young age. After watching the movie it will help you realize how each situation, be it good or bad, plays an important role in your own life story.
At its core it’s a simple independent film with a heartfelt story that will make you smile at the end. I recommend everyone go out and watch this movie. For me, this is one of those films that is still in my mind days after watching.
If you’ve seen it and/or once you watch it, tell me what you think?
THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world – all during a summer he will never forget.
Film: Gimme Shelter
Release Date: January 24, 2014
I’m really excited about this coming attraction. The film, Gimme Shelter, stars Vanessa Hudgens is a down on her luck pregnant teen that’s searching for her rich father.
Vanessa Hudgens, of Disney Channel and Spring Breakers fame, is back with a film that may contribute a positive boost to her film career. I’ve been following her career since her days on Disney and even her musical pursuits, but when I saw pictures for this upcoming film I knew this had the potential to be great.
From the above pictures you can see the transformation that Vanessa went through in order to deliver this role. The trailer alone displays the depth and range of Vanessa’s acting that I’ve personally never seen from her before. I’m expecting this film to be critically acclaimed and elevate Vanessa’s career and hopefully she’ll followup with more films like this.
A friend recently shared this article on Facebook; Nurse Discusses 5 Regrets People Tell Her Before She Dies. In the article the nurse shares the five most common themes of regrets those about to die have. I’m sharing this with you all as a reference to remember to live your own life in the moment and not have any regrets.
- Theme 1: I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
- Theme 2: I wish I didn’t work so hard.
- Theme 3: I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
- Theme 4: I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
- Theme 5: I wish that I had let myself be happier.
Each of these themes are things I know I tell myself that I won’t do, but having them laid out in front of me forces me to pay attention to the direction that my life is going. We all or should have dreams that help move us forward in life. Personally it would be terrible to have lived for a 100 years and realize that I really haven’t lived at all.
The article gives examples and suggestions that will help you not come to the end of your life with regrets. When you have a moment take a look at the full article and tell me what you think.
Let’s all live a life with no regrets.