plan to be surprised

i’d like to take a moment of silence in memoriam of all my mother’s hopes and dreams for me as she comes to the realization that her daughter is, in fact, aΒ blogger.

next i want to make so very clear how fuzzy my idea for this blog is. not a critique blog per se, though i’m sure there will be many of them. honestly the only beacon of sanity i find in a life which has become more mundane than i ever expected is filter through film and if this blog is a way to help me cling to that stability, then so be it.

a n y w a y i don’t want this to be a spiel about me (though of course i’m sure there will be plenty of that here), i want to take a moment to highlight the film that inspired the name of this blog “dan in real life”.

if you’re unfamiliar with the 2007 dark comedy, it stars steve carell as dan, a widower and father to three daughters and catalogues his journey back into the world of love – albeit with his own brother’s girlfriend. the cast is fleshed out by juliette binoche who plays marie, carell’s love interest, dane cook portraying carell’s brother. also making an appearance are dianne wiest, john mahoney, allison pill, and britt robertson – coming together to form the idyllically dysfunctional-yet-supportive tribe we all dream our real-life fucked up rendition of a family will become.

this isn’t a summary, though, so much as it’s an ode to the underlying message of the film which is this: sometimes life takes you by surprise. sometimes you meet the right person at the wrong time, and sometimes you have to indulge your mistakes to truly learn from them. this film highlights all the importances of imperfection in our daily lives and reminds us that surprises aren’t always good, but that doesn’t make them bad either.

so here’s to all the lessons we’ll learn together.

here’s to the mistakes we’ll chastise on screen and blissfully ignore behind closed doors.

here’s to an escape and those who’ve made it possible.

here’s to being fully surprised by what lies ahead.

 

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