We're big filmgoers in our family. We talk about films--comedies, action films, documentaries--quite a bit. We talk about the ones we've seen and ones we can't wait to see.
I'm also one of those people that LOVES--absolutely adores--trailers for new films. While everyone else is popcorning and chatting and settling in for the feature, I'm glued to the teaser reels. It's all about "what's coming" that piques my interest. So. Many. Creative. People.
Which is likely why a different kind of film caught my attention recently. Danielle LaPorte (www.daniellelaporte.com ) author, speaker and soul Sherpa, recently mentioned "I'm Fine, Thanks" (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cranktank/im-fine-thanks) -a new documentary about complacency that she not only appears in but also chose to support financially.
Some quotes from the trailer that grabbed me on first, second and third viewing. And then I was in. ALL in:
"I did all the things that were expected of me, at the expense of my dreams."
"I'm so lucky right now, and I'm freakin' miserable."
"I'm 32 and it kinda feels like I should have that (insert earnest tears of frustration)...figured out..."
"It's only when you start making choices for yourself that you can live your own dreams..."
Right between the eyes.
The filmmakers' goals, in their words:
"Our goal is to ignite a movement of people who are tired of settling for mediocrity. We want to eliminate 'getting by,' 'doing fine,' 'could be worse,' and 'can't complain' from the vocabulary of our modern culture."
I'm supporting their effort to get this conversation started. These topics are precisely what I speak with my clients about every day. The more people dig into these themes, the more we all benefit.
Watch the trailer when you have a moment. If you find this message resonates with you, I hope you'll also choose to help. The deadline for them to make their $100,000 goal is Friday, June 22, at 11:59 p.m. Time is of the essence.
Again, their words:
"Together, with your help, we believe we can challenge people to dig back up their childhood dreams... to tap back into their deepest passions... and to take action to make those values more of a priority in their life moving forward."
Martha Beck-certified life coach, Equus coach, Penn State journalism instructor and professional writer.