Here are 7 movies that offer some wonderful life lessons to make you see things from totally different perspective.
1. Sometimes taking a step back is the way to step forward
There might hardly be any who hasn’t felt the lump in the throat while watching the struggles of a single dad Will Smith (Chris Gardner), in the 2006 classic The Pursuit of Happyness. His character has a lot to offer, despite going through endless defeats and huge setbacks – divorced, homeless and jobless, Chris never gave up on himself and kept fighting back for his young son (Jaden Christopher Syre Smith). He didn’t hesitate to take the job as an intern after losing his full time job as a salesman. In life, we all have to make some compromises one time or another, be open and be flexible to adapt new changes. Take on the new role as a challenge even if it means taking a step back, because we need that first step to climb the ladder. Don’t they say when life gives you lemons make lemonade?
The 2003 Christmas love fest Love Actually is a heart-warming tale of individuals coming together to share in the joy and happiness. Nothing is impossible if we try real hard, challenges do come but how you turn them in your favour is what make you – YOU! Don’t be afraid to go after your dreams, take initiative to accept responsibilities and remember no idea is crazy enough not to try. Greatest inventor Thomas Edison, was considered insane before he changed the world forever with his invention of electric light bulb.
3. Don’t pay attention to the haters
Meryl Streep (Miranda Priestly) and Anne Hathaway (Andy Sachs) starrer The Devil Wears Prada is one the best movies on fashion. Andy has to face a lot of adversaries when she ended up getting everybody’s dream job at the biggest fashion magazine in town. She had been called sloppy, clumsy, ridiculed for the way she dressed (we’ve to agree here!), inefficient, worst employee ever and a lot more but she fought her way to Miranda’s heart, who eventually started trusting her. This can happen with anyone in real life too, don’t let haters take your pride, this is your life and you should never allow anyone to lower your self-esteem or demean you at any cost. Get up, get out and get going.
4. Find the joy in your life
Death is inevitable, so what to do if one is sure of dying soon? Do what the two terminally ill men (Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman) did in The Bucket List. Life is meant to be enjoyed, so never stop seeking joy and make it a regular part of your life. Make the most of your life by creating a bucket list. Be adventurous, live your life to the fullest and do things that make you feel happy. Most importantly, never miss a chance to be a reason of happiness in someone’s life. So what’s in your bucket list?
5. Never stop living
Robert DeNiro (Ben Whittaker) and Anne Hathaway (Jules Ostin), The Intern is not just a beautiful movie but it is among those very few movies that teaches us valuable life lessons. Anyone can be in an unusual situation like the 70-year-old, retired corporate person Ben, who agreed to work as an intern under a very young female boss. Don’t let your age defines what you can or cannot do and never stop learning. Be open to accept new challenges and turn a deaf ear to naysayers’ opinions when they try to hold you back. And while life without social media is considered incomplete these days, but there’s still nothing that beat the old school charm of face-to-face interaction. Ben, we were listening to you!
6. Treat others the way you would like to be treated
We’re completely obsessed with the minions and their fun and quirky ways ever since they burst onto our screens (read lives) with Despicable Me, or someone tell us any other reason for the cult following they have gained? Those cute little minions were Gru’s best assets and he showed he cared their loyalty by rewarding them generously. This is one lesson we all need to learn, no matter how important or successful you are, be humble and treat everyone with great respect. Follow the same at home and at work, appreciate people’s efforts, never miss a chance to acknowledge their contributions even little and you’ll win their hearts forever!
7. Never forget your friends and family
Ryan Bingham (George Clooney), the Termination Facilitator in his own words, had the most fabulous job one can imagine in the movie Up in the Air. He traveled 322 days/year, conducted layoffs, his VIP status had earned him the most exclusive frequent flyer number, and his home was actually up in the air. But is this all? However glamorous it may sound, but leading such a life would be hollow and meaningless if you have to return to a vacant home. Just don’t let the opportunity pass you by, hold on tight to your relations because they make the life worth living. No matter how successful you are professionally, never ever let work interfere with your family.