The quote in the photo is from the widely-panned movie, “The Beach”, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. How anything starring Leo could be a flop is nearly inconceivable, but I guess a story about a backpacker in Thailand searching for paradise with a map given to him by Daffy Duck, while avoiding marijuana-growing natives and a group of travelers who expect him and his buddies to follow social norms just might be a stretch. All that said, the quote is memorable and more than that, it speaks to me.
I am a bit of a loner. I enjoy my solitude and my own company. I can find endless ways to entertain myself without the intrusion of others. But there is something about those special moments when you feel like you belong – whether it be in a group, a relationship, or an activity. I can recall times when I felt a kinship with family, friends and lovers. Sometimes when I am feeling lonely in my solitude I travel back to those moments and find my Paradise, once again.
And no one can ever take that away from me.
Oh wow Peep, what a beautiful piece.
That’s funny that you found inspiration in a quotation from a “bad” movie. I quoted William Blake in the statement for my MFA thesis, “To see a world in a grain of sand” – and thought I was being nice and profound… unfortunately people didn’t see me as quoting a genius of the Romantic period, they said, “oh, she’s quoting that awful movie Tomb Raider” and thought I was being very superficial! 😛
The thing I love about films is that they are such large, collaborative efforts. It’s nice when they really work, but even when they don’t work, there’s almost always some amazing line a screenwriter penned, or some remarkable shot the cinematographer found, or some unexpectedly sublime moment an actor experienced… so even not-so-memorable films often have their quite memorable bits.
Thanks for sharing such a powerful piece of yourself. You could be writing about me! I’ve always been working on some project or other and I tend to focus kind of obsessively on them. An ex boyfriend once said, “You just want someone to ignore.” I hope that’s not exactly true. But I did see his perspective.
It’s amazing the gems you can find in the dross 🙂 From what I know of you, you’re far from a person who “just wants someone to ignore.” But it is very easy to just put the blinders on when working on a project. Good for the work, but maybe not so much for the social life.