If you have never seen the movie, The Girl Next Door I highly recommend it. Actually, I enjoy most corny, funny, obnoxious movies; including Legally Blonde, Easy A, House Bunny, Grind…heck we could even get musical and throw Across the Universe in there as well. But the one theme they all have in common, my favorite thing about each of these movies, is the “fuck it” attitude of the main characters. The title players in these movies take chances, make moves and do what makes them happy, even if it doesn’t quite follow the standard quo. In Girl Next Door, Matthew falls for a girl in the porn industry and turns his average world into chaos. But instead of losing control, he just goes for it. In all these movies, the characters just go for it. Now, I know these are movies, fictional stories and fictional lives, but that doesn’t mean I can’t follow a similar theme!
I think one of my first, “just go with it” moves was packing up and heading to New York. Two of my friends moved to Chicago around the same time. We just packed up are lives and moved to a new place to try new things. Yes, saving money is important, and bills are always stressful. But I think what stresses me out more than having good credit or having all the newest stuff, is missing out on the fun things in life. Like going to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade every year (even if it means playing hookie), taking random trips to visit friends, visit family. I would hate to be held back by money, even if I don’t have it. So I don’t mind working crazy hours in the food industry and writing, writing, writing until 2am, if it means that when I look back at everything I did that year, I’m smiling. Because if you aren’t enjoying yourself, what is the point?
There are so many movies with this attitude, and books as well, that tell you just to let it all go and go for it. Even TWILIGHT talked about it! When Jessica gives her graduation speech, her theme centers around action and changes and new beginnings. “Change your mind and change it again,” she says. And she is right! And you don’t have to be in high school to change your mind, either. You can be 45 years old and decide to do something different; cut your losses, and move on with a happier attitude. If I only live to be 50, or if I make it to 110, I want to know that I had the best time I could possible have.
Like Ferris says, life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop to look around once in a while, you might miss it.
And like they say In Girl Next Door, when you look back, you’ll want to know, that the juice was worth the squeeze.
That’s really all I’ve got tonight. I am having a live in the moment kind of attitude tonight, and I thought I would share it. I think if more people did things that made them happy, and thought less about how the future will turn out, they might enjoy their lives a little more. So go out and do something crazy, in a positive way!