Friday, November 30, 2012

My New Favorite Movie!

Life of Pi is hands down the most beautiful movie I have ever seen. It was absolutely, mesmerizingly beautiful. I think the friends I went to see it with -- Maren, Steven, Camille, and Camille's friend Abby -- would agree.

Not only was the cinematography and the soundtrack utterly mind-blowing, I have rarely seen a movie deliver such powerful messages of bravery, truth, faith, and letting go.


At one point in the movie, Pi, the main-character, ends up parting with the tiger named Richard Parker. After a terrible shipwreck, he spent his whole time with Richard Parker lost at sea -- this vicious, perhaps mindless animal -- whom he has learned to love despite a difference in species.

As Richard Parker looks into the jungles of Mexico (where they've made their final landing), he doesn't so much as look back at Pi before disappearing into the trees.

Pi is devastated at his indifference, after everything they'd been through.

Later in the movie, Pi tells a second story where the tiger is a representation of himself during that fateful journey in which the murderous side of him came out as he killed another shipwreck survivor in desperation.

Before I knew it, the movie was over and was left wondering which story was true and which one I liked better.

It might seem strange but I can connect with the second story better. To me, that tiger walking into the forest without looking back symbolized that evil part of Pi leaving him forever. Pi's devastation symbolized the difficulty of letting go, whether it be letting go of the past or of a certain reality you feel you have to live with.

(*End of Spoiler!)

To me, this was a movie of redemption, a movie about change and acceptance. A movie symbolizing that whatever we may regret or find hard to accept does not have to stop us from moving forward and becoming a new person.

This is not the only wise element to this movie. There are many, many more to analyze and learn from because of the deep truths contained in such a masterpiece.

I said it in a humorous way when I turned to those sitting next to me in the theaters and said, "I will spend the rest of my life processing that."

But that's the truth.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I'm A Thinker

 Did you know that one out of three people are introverted? This video was just too good for me not to post before I forgot to! It puts so much into perspective for me and helps introverts and extroverts understand where they fit in in life! I love this!

I've always been slightly bothered whenever somebody has labeled me as shy. It bothers me just as much when someone labels me as extroverted, confident, or sociable, because sometimes it simply isn't true. Those labels are absolutes. I'm either absolutely extroverted or absolutely introverted or 'shy' in the eyes of other people. The truth is, it's always a varying combination of both wherever I am and whatever I'm doing, and let's not forget to mention that shyness and introversion are not the same thing. The question that remains is: How much of it is shyness and how much is my natural introversion? How much is confidence and extroversion and how much of it is a defense mechanism to not seem shy.

One thing is certain -- I'm definitely a thinker and not so much a talker. That's one reason I have a blog! I feel like I can sometimes get a lot more across in writing than I can giving a speech!

In The Beginning, There Was DANIEL!

I'm the most serious person you've ever met, I'm the most silly. I'm the most abstract man to have ever confused you, I'm the simplest man alive. I'm the deepest person you know, I'm a guy baffled by many of life's simplest complexities. I can be distant, I can be close. I can be self-centered, I can love you more than anyone else.

You don't know all of me, and maybe it is impossible for you to know it all, but we'll start somewhere -- and that somewhere is here!!

My name is Daniel. I'm a native Utahn, the oldest of four brothers, a faithful church goer, a guy with tons of amazing friends, too much time on my hands, and loads of ambition!

My interests -- most likely much of the material that will make up this blog -- include writing, reading, discovering or writing new music, photography, cinema, enjoying my heart-to-heart relationships with friends and family, the outdoors, running, philosophizing/discussing various issues with like minded people, and sitting on the computer all day if I don't stop myself. (Posting on the blog doesn't count against me when it comes to my computer addiction!!!)

I love warm weather, dry sarcasm, and eating apple peels. So if you are ever in the middle of making a homemade apple pie on a summer day, call me over to your house, and while you eat your pie, I'll devour those peels you would have thrown away and have a grand old time making sarcastic comments with you on the back porch. We'll get along great!

In closing, my life centers around:

-Living by the teachings of these books

-Looking sharp as a Sir

Sir Ian Mckellen (or Gandalf!) at around my age

-Good music

Bon Iver - Towers
 Jonsi - Around Us
The Cinematic Orchestra feat. Patrick Watson - To Build A Home

The Lighthouse and the Whaler - White Days
Jinja Safari - Peter Pan

-Reading and writing

-My relationships

-Apple peels