by Kenneth Justice
~ Do you ever feel like your life is on auto pilot?
I swear, it seems like so much of my life is ho hum. Not to say that I live a boring life or that I am unhappy…..it just seems as though a great deal of my life is rather uneventful.
Is that how life is supposed to be?
I suspect I am a victim of having read one too many Agatha Christie novels when I was younger or having sat through too many action/adventure movies. I wake up some mornings hoping to find myself stuck in the middle of a high-stakes bank robbery in which I have to save a damsel in distress and foil the plans of a master criminal with an accent like Christopher Walken or Gary Coleman.
But that’s what Hollywood does…right? Create fictional plots that are entirely unrealistic to help us ‘escape’ the humdrum tune of our everyday lives? We get sucked in by otherworldly adventures in order to get our minds off of our lives?
But is it too much for me to want my life to be exciting?
Okay, so I don’t want to find myself on a plane that gets hijacked by a crazed Nicholas Cage but I would love for a little bit more excitement to break into my otherwise rather normal life.
Am I asking for too much?
A friend of mine called me recently and was complaining about their job, “It’s just sooooo boring” my friend said. “I don’t hate it. And the people I work with are nice. I’m just so bored by it all”.
I’ve written about the monotonous nature of jobs before and this morning I woke up wondering; what if the problem is not the job? (Office Space)
Maybe it is easier to deal with a monotonous job…when our lives have a little bit more excitement to them; (perhaps that is why Michael Keaton put on a mask?)
Isn’t that why some people gravitate toward risky behaviors; for the excitement?
–) Drug use (like Michael J. Fox in Bright Lights Big City)
–) Reckless sexual behavior (Basic Instinct)
–) Underground racing ( know a couple people who participate in illegal racing the likes of which you may have seen in films like the Fast & the Furious)
Obviously, participating in reckless behaviors is not necessarily the answer to adding a little excitement to our lives….but I wonder to myself; what is the answer?
I really enjoy going on walks in the woods. I love being outdoors, away from traffic lights and houses.
I love the ocean. I enjoy visiting little beach side towns and watching the sunset.
Of course, being out in the woods or alongside the ocean isn’t quite the same as being on a plane with Jack, Kate and Hurley (the LOST crew) as it barrels down toward the earth, crashing into a strange and mysterious island.
But I guess what I’m saying is that I often find a measure of joy in more simple things…..
Sure, I would love to spend a week with Harrison Ford on some quest for a lost Mayan artifact, as we fist fight Nazi’s through a dense jungle…..but I find that a simple walk through the woods usually brings a smile to my face.
Hey, when it comes to the ocean I’d love to hang out with Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss in a rickety old steamer and would probably spend a good deal of money to hear Scheider say, “We’re gonna need a bigger boat”…..but simply seeing the water and hearing the waves crash into the beach tends to satisfy my craving for adventure.
I guess what I’m getting at is that perhaps I don’t need Bruce Willis to save the day, maybe I can find enough adventure in the little things in life…..I just have to keep my eyes open and not get too caught up in my job and going through the motions.
Sometimes we just need to go for a walk……
Or have another cup of coffee!
and for all my fellow Summer Blockbuster Movie Lovers; “Yippie Ki-Yay Mother F***er!”