As I’ve been working on my mindset recently and taking time out for myself, I’ve been meditating, reading, writing and I’ve also been switching off and losing myself in films. This got me thinking about my ‘Top 5s’. So here we have 5 films that have inspired me in the past or that I still watch now when I’m stuck in a rut.
Wild – Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed, the crazy woman who loses her Mum to cancer and decides that she has to walk over 1,000 miles to work through her grief. It’s based on a true story, the book is far better than the film (isn’t it always). I can watch this over and over, it fills me up with determination and makes me want to get off my backside and do something, mainly it makes me want to hike PCT.
Eat, Pray, Love – I will watch anything with Julia Roberts in it, because she is beautiful. I was flattered to have my writing style compared to that of Elizabeth Gilbert’s just yesterday. This film gets me excited about writing and the adventure you go on in order to write. You can’t just sit in your house all day every day and expect miracles. You need to get out there and experience the world, that excitement will seep in to your writing and make it pure.
It’s A Wonderful Life – How can this not inspire you? The cute little town with its adorable people and George Bailey, what a perfect gentleman. I think we’d all like to have the opportunity to see what the world would be like without the influences and impact we have had on the people around us. It would be handy to have when we’re feeling useless. This film reminds me to check in with myself. I am important on a wide ranging scale, from tiny little choices, to huge life changing decisions. We’re all important, we all have our roles to play and lives which we influence every day. Never feel as though the world would be a better place without you, it wouldn’t.
“To the whole world you might be just one person, but to one person you might just be the whole world.” – Pablo Casals
Jane Eyre – The Michael Fassbender version. To be honest any version of Jane Eyre is an inspiration to me, I just enjoy Fassbender’s portrayal of Mr Rochester. The characters, the scenery, the houses and the rain, it all makes me want to hide away on the Moors and write up a storm!
10 Things I Hate About You – Gorgeous film, I suppose it might be a bit of a chick flick-rom-com with its humour and romance but there’s more depth to it than that. It’s actually an adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Taming of the Shrew’, this alone is inspirational to me. Shakespeare’s works are undeniably magnificent but in all honesty they’re hard work, so being able to enjoy them in a more modern way is something I’m open to. Kat, our leading lady, was everything I wanted to be. She was tall, slim, had beautiful, long, wavy blonde hair and could play the guitar, pretty much the exact opposite of me! She was her own person though, she didn’t give a crap, she didn’t conform, she played by her own rules and she was freaking awesome!
I know there are probably, most definitely, more inspirational films out there than the ones I have just listed. I find that many films inspire me for lots of different reasons, these were the five I thought of at this moment. I think you can find that spark of inspiration from most films, it’s maybe not a good idea to have The Human Centipede as one of your motivating movies because that’s just sick and wrong, it all depends what you’re in to I suppose but please keep it to yourself 😛
Don’t ever let anyone make you think you’re not good enough.
Follow your dreams right now! Don’t wait until tomorrow,
next week, next year. Stop planning, start doing 🙂
‘Blind faith is no way to run a world’ – Victor Stenger