This past weekend, I had the opportunity to watch The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Starring Ben Stiller, who also produced and directed this film and co-starring Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, and Patton Oswalt, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is about “a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. (IMDb)”
When it came out in theaters, I didn’t want to see it for fear that it was one of those absurd comedies Ben Stiller is known for being in…read Zoolander. After seeing previews for it, I finally rented it at the Redbox. I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful and inspiring this movie is. Yes, I am a little tardy for the party, but better late than never.
How often do we consume our time with fantasies about how we wish our lives would be, the people we’d meet, the far off lands we’d visit? These fantasies are seemingly harmless, but because of them we fail to actually live out those very fantasies we wish would be real. When are you going to stop imagining what our life is supposed to be like and actually live it…on purpose?
7 Life Lessons from Walter Mitty:
1. Let your passion be your guide
2. Stop fantasizing and start living
3. Discover your purpose in life
4. Have an adventure
5. Step outside your comfort zone
6. Don’t let fear (or bosses, or naysayers, or negative Nancies) stop you.
7. Live life…on purpose.
Also, check out the song that for me defines the movie: Space Odditty by David Bowie with Kristen Wiig