Pretty Little Box - A metaphor for enjoying life Song: Fragile N.4 - Dustin O’Halloran
For most of my life, I thought that the best way to live was to stay inside a pretty little box. This box was safe, because I could choose what I let in & out of it. To me, most of the world was outside of the box. That world was dark, dangerous, and scary, and I was wise and strong to not step out into it. I laughed and mocked the people that stepped foot into the unknown territory in order “live freely”. I thought that enjoying life was not a right, it was a luxury. That those who chose to simply be happy and let go did not understand the gravity of their purpose on this earth. Only the “small minded” would think that having a good time was of value. There were priorities. Priorities that fit inside my box. Things that needed to be done, changes that needed to be made, plans to be had, people to be helped, dreams to be thought up, problems that needed to be fixed. And yet, even though I believed with complete surety that I was the one that was right, I was filled with envy. Because the walls of my box were not made of wood, or plaster, or steel. They were made of glass. And standing inside safe & busy, I could see the world around me. I paced back and forth, trying to understand why something so wrong could be so beautiful. I studied the colors, the lights, the people, asking myself what it must be like to just let go. The smiles and laughter were so curious to me. So pure and sincere. I tried to laugh and see if mine was like theirs. My cheeks were tight when I smiled & I wondered if that was how a true smile was supposed to feel. Some days I would even press my palm to the glass. But no matter how hard I pressed, I couldn’t feel anything but the strong cold wall. Those close to me would admire the structure I stood in. I saw the respect in their eyes as they watched me choose to stay. Only a few would slam their fists against the glass and demand that I step outside and experience life. But I knew that no one could choose to break free for me. That my cage, that cage that I chose to live in, could only be broken by myself. One day the walls felt too tight and the world outside looked to exquisite. I suddenly knew that I could not stand in my 4 walls any longer. Desperate, I began to kick and slam my body into the barriers that stood between me and freedom. I screamed, exuding every ounce of energy I had into breaking free. The walls wouldn’t budge, the box wouldn’t crack. And no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t escape the prison I had made for myself. Exhausted I fell to the floor. It was then, right then, as I laid their panting, that I saw a faint outline. I crawled to it & pressed my palm against the surface. It moved open, filling sweet air all around me. I heard a whisper, faint but strong… I’ve been here waiting, all along.
Narnia Challenge Day 03- Is there any part of the film adaptations that have made you angry because they’ve ignored important parts of the book?
yes! in Voyage of the Dawn Treader they messed up the story, character development was horrendous, and made it incredibly shorter than the first two movies. as i stated in my review before: they made this movie entertaining to children hoping to make it something more than it had to be and therefore creating something totally unnecessary and to be frank; kids weren’t buying the new twist anyways. the producers & director failed to keep what really made the book unique to all the other books.
in light of the fact that The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the witch & the wardrobe was released on december 9th, 2005 i shall do a 30 day challenge. because it’s to celebrate that December 9th will fall on a friday this year. the first time in 6 years. enjoy :)
Day 1: Your favourite book? Day 2: Your favourite movie? Day 3: Is there any part of the film adaptations that have made you angry because they’ve ignored important parts of the book? Day 4: Least favourite female character and why? Day 5: Favourite male character and why? Day 6: If you were in Edmunds position, what do you think you would have done? Day 7: Favourite female character and why? Day 8: What do you think would be your favourite mythical creature? Day 9: Least favourite male character? Day 10: Centaurs or fauns? Day 11: What character would you say you are most like? Day 12: Favourite Pevensie? Day 13: Least favourite movie? Day 14: Team Narnia or Team Telmarine? Day 15: Who would be your best friend in Narnia? Day 16: Did you like the Caspian/Susan relationship in the film adaptation of Prince Caspian? Day 17: Do you want the remainder of the Narnia books to be made into films? Day 18: Least favourite book? Day 19: Do you prefer the books or films? Day 20: If you got to meet one member of the cast, who would it be? Day 21: How do you feel about C.S. Lewis decision not to bring Susan back to Narnia with the others? Day 22: What is your opinion on Aslans character? Day 23: Any part of the books/movies that makes you cry? Day 24: Any particular scene you wished had been put in the movie but wasn’t? Day 25: If you could change one thing about the book series, what would it be? Day 26: If you could change one thing about the film adaptations, what would it be? Day 27: Would you rather own Peters sword and shield, Susans bow, arrows and horn, Edmunds sword and armor, or Lucy’s dagger and medicinal potion? Day 28: How do you feel about C.S. Lewis’ allusion to Christianity and Jesus in his novels? Day 29: What is your opinion on Eustace’s character? Day 30: What effect has Narnia made on your life, and how much does it mean to you?
“Now, obviously, I have some concerns with this movie. Its a teen drama, BUT.. where are the werewolves and vampires? and it doesn’t even seem like there’s one goddamn wizard in this movie!!”—Philip Defranco on The Hunger Games trailer (via iootori)
“Don’t live for today because that would just be fucking crazy, live your live like it’s a story that you would want to tell someone. And I think back to some of the things that suck it’s obviously not changeable. More importantly I shouldn’t want to change it because a story is not good without a few twists, a story is not good without drama, a story is not good without heartache, and often the complexities in life that make it so awesome. It is the sick days that make our lives so amazing because no matter where you are in your life, whatever is happening theres only been one moment that you where at the bottom of that mountain, you’ve seen the bad you’ve seen rock bottom, and you know that today is better than another day. Maybe not better than yesterday because you don’t know what is coming tomorrow, you’ve just got to roll with it.”—Philip DeFranco (via kinjaaal)