"Never Mistake Motion For Action" - Ernest Hemingway
I recently went to see the film, Any Questions for Ben? about a 27year old man who is having a 'quarter life crisis'... his friends, his family, his mentor, the girls he sleeps with and the people he works with all think he has it all... His mentor, Sam tells Ben upfront "you've got the best life of anyone I know".
From the outside doesn't everyone look like they have the best life you know? But at the end of the day it is not about looking at everyone else's life but living the best life YOU know you can live. Finding a passion, being passionate, letting go of the past, being involved and doing something you love is what makes it the best life, your best life. By daring ourselves to be brave, seeking out a new adventure or going outside our comfort zone are all things which will allow us to live the path we are meant to live. Even if we fight against our true purpose, life often has a way of pushing us back on the path we are meant to be on. So rather than fighting against the grain perhaps it is time to take stock of what is going on around us and live the life you know you were born to live.
As to the Hemingway quote which appears in the opening sequence, I think it is quite easy to mistake motion for action, myself included. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, convincing ourselves that we are achieving something because we are just so busy, busy, busy. But how busy are we really!? Have you really achieved a new goal or at least started the process... or have you just done a bunch of other errands on the 'to do' list in order to make yourself feel like you have achieved something and taken action? If you have been going through the motions without taking the action then it is time to make a change. Start thinking about what you want to do, who you want to do it with, why you want to do it, what the purpose of it is and start taking ACTION!
As for the movie... while I really enjoyed it, and of course the scenery of our amazing city, Melbourne it was a tad wishy-washy. There were definitely elements of Ben dealing with some level of depression and not having the courage to break away from his friends and perhaps even his family to figure out what exactly he needs to do to make himself happy and live the best life he possibly could. While he appeared to eventually get himself sorted and win the girl I found the movie lacked some depth in areas that it had great potential to expand on.
Have you seen 'Any Questions for Ben?'... what were your thoughts on the movie? And what do you do on a daily basis to live your best life and make actions happen?