Hello SOTGC community,
This past weekend I found myself back in the movie theater watching Les Miserables. My Mom hadn’t seen it and so we decided to do a Mother/Daughter lunch and movie day. It was interesting seeing it the second time (I remembered my Kleenex this time) and not simply experiencing the emotions of the movie for the first time, but looking for inspiration in the scenes that played out.
This time around I was inspired to write three different posts, this being the first. I’m a very musically inclined person, which means that I can be very emotionally moved if the passion behind the singing or composition of the piece is strong enough. I came up with this during the scene with “One Day More,” which is where the revolution is about to re-start with this small group, Marius realizes his newly found love has left and he may never see her again, Cosette is forced to flee with her father (who is constantly running from his previous jailor who is intent on returning him to a life of imprisonment), and Eponine has renounced her parents during a moment of morality and is on her own and under the realization that the love of her life (Marius) will never be hers.
In this, and a following scene, we see the true anguish and unrequited love that Epinone suffers for Marius. She spends her adult life loving a man that she never has the courage to share her feelings with. When Cosette enters into the scene and Maruis falls for her upon their first glance, Eponine’s chances of a future with him are squashed. However, it left me wondering “If she had ever had the courage to let Marius know how she felt…could she have had a future with him? And even if he rejected the romantic love but requested they continue with their love for each other as friends…would she have suffered so much anguish in never knowing…?”
So many times I meet people who had a dream or a goal growing up, yet went a different route due to parental or societal pressure. Or, I meet people who have been in their careers for a number of years, yet yearn for a more emotionally fulfilling career in a different role or industry. I’m not saying that anytime you get a wild hare up your ass (for those of you not familiar with this idiom it means: every time you get a crazy idea) that you chase after it. For instance, if you are in your 70s and you have a dream of being the next Welterweight UFC champion…there is a GOOD chance that’s NEVER going to happen, so perhaps find another aspiration to work towards.
However, if there has always been something you want to do and you have thought about how to prepare for perusing, have discussed it with those that depend on you and the income you currently provide, and this goal is achievable with a few short-term sacrifices….what’s stopping you from at least trying? I think one of the biggest sentiments that drives people into depression and bitterness is….regret. The “could have, should have, would haves” of life.
At the end of the day…if we have one life to live, and we are the controllers of our happiness…don’t we owe it to this amazing life we have been blessed with to follow our hopes….to chase after our dreams…to give it a shot to see if we could have our “career love”…? Or will we let ourselves become bitter and depressed over the “unrequited career love” and look in the mirror one day to see the ravages of time on our physical being…and the emotional devastations of the “could have, should have, would have,” of our hopes and dreams?