The following trailer for V for Vendetta, the movie, isn't the official one, but a newly inspired version. I wanted to talk about this movie as it applies to not only the world today but in a new way as you watch it hopefully again.
It's not about the action or the politics or the frighteningly accurate portrayal of events taking place in our world today that is the focus of this review.
Rather, it is the journey - after all that is the point to our lives, yes?
Evie's journey in particular. She begins living a very small and confined life until one day she steps out beyond the boundaries of what is considered safe in her world.
Yes, there are many prices she then has to pay. None of which she could have predicted. None of which she most likely would have signed up for had she known they were coming.
But in the end, would she ever go back to life before as she knew it?
Would you had you taken her journey?
Most of us will not have such a dramatic series of events to shake us loose from our fears and the limits those fears place on our lives, our freedom.
But we all have the opportunity to break free from our fears and live a life that is with out limits.
It isn't easy. It is worth it.
As you watch this movie I invite you to consider these questions:
Comfort and safety are not the true purpose of our life. But leaving them behind is never easy and sometimes life does the choosing for us. It is up to you to decide what will come of those moments.
Evie did. Will you?
A black mustang named "Crow" is enough information for me, but I'd like to share more with you.
We are all on a journey, some on a horse, some pulling a trailer, and some in the secret places in our mind.
Today I had the honor and privilege to meet a fellow traveler on his journey, some of which you can see in the video below.
Matt Littrell is making his way across the country on the back of a horse from the east coast to the west. Why? There are many answers, but only those who have walked their own path will truly understand.
I asked the usual questions and can appreciate having to tell your same story over and over. But this is one of the few times when talking with someone I knew he knew I knew what he was doing -- because it is the same thing I've been doing.
I keep saying over and over, it's not what we do, but who we are. But you can't get that when you never leave home... true warriors understand that courage is more than what we fight, it is also how we live.
Life is meant to change you.
The question is, will you let it change you for the better?
Matt has his own story, his own struggles, and what I hope will be for him, his own solutions.
But he knows the secret I've been hoping you too will learn. The answers aren't in changing what we do, but who we are. The solutions aren't in the system, but in each other.
Matt shared that when his mom asked him why he was doing this the only answer that came after his own darkest night of the soul was this: Peace.
Sitting with him today I could feel that while the physical journey has many miles to go, the real journey he is on has been traveled well.
I hope you will share Matt's journey with those you know. There is nothing more powerful than our story and it is in deepest appreciation and gratitude I say to you Matt, thank you for sharing yours with me.
You can follow Matt's journey on Facebook: The Long Trail Home
This is really the place most of us want to be, at the end of the rainbow where we either find our pot of gold or that place we call home.
But on a real journey, this is what life looks like some of the time. Very little color and a feeling of impending or overwhelming darkness.
Sometimes life feels heavy no matter who we are.
In this midst of great crisis the demands of the moment will most often keep you going. There's just no time to think about loss, grief, sadness, or fear. You just keep going.
But eventually there comes a time in every form of every journey where things slow down and it is then that a depression can hit.
In today's world we take an anti-depressant, drink, smoke, distract, or do a number of other things to not feel the sadness. In the world where these options don't exist, what will we all do?
Or, what can we do in today's world that doesn't involve some sort of destructive path?
Most of us think of a warrior as one who will fight against the evil or darkness - but here is the great irony in depression. The more you fight or resist it, the greater its grip will be on your body and mind.
True warriors learn that the internal mastery of mind and self is the ultimate journey they will take.
It is also the hardest.
And the least glamourous.
And the most unrecognized.
But it is also the most rewarding for with it comes a true understanding of power and that was the whole reason the warrior began their journey, was it not?
Many may or may not think of themselves as warriors, not care about depression, and be unconcerned about survival.
But all three are aspects of each of our lives at some point. Our power comes in what we choose to do at that time by who we will choose to be.
I write this today because I am reminded of just such a moment. Things we can't control. Choices we don't want to make. Options we don't have to choose from.
There are highs and lows on every journey - the highs make great stories and entertain others. The lows are often kept silent and secret. But, they are there.
They do not however have to stay. What can you do? Here are a few ideas on how to be prepared to manage the lows and become the warrior you have within you!
Welcome to my Journey!
I'm inviting you to join me on my journey as I seek to find a new way of being in an old set of systems. It's hard, but worth it!