A Life in an Hour

When we watch movies, we are observers. We are spectating a person’s entire life. As we view these captivating films that depict a person, we are able to capture their life in the confined time of an hour. One hour. One hour of the 100,000+ hours we’ve lived in our life we are able to comprehend a person’s lifetime of troubles, love, relationships, feelings, and emotions. Wow.

Films capture a person’s life filled with good and bad–their ups and downs. Films are able to take the worse parts, but then add the best to perceive to the people of the world how one can rise up from their mistakes. They nitpick moments in a life that make a person who they are–the moments that actually matter.

While that still shocks me, I can’t help but question what does that say about our lives–my life? Because within that hour later, that film–that life–that you’ve just witnessed can either have some impact on your life, which is a rare instance, or piece by piece, it can be forgotten and be blurred from your memory minutes later. Leaving only days later, you may forget the film entirely–you can forget a person’s life entirely. What does that say?

If I had to nitpick the best moments in my life, it would probably play out for nothing more than ten minutes (considering I am only sixteen-years-old). Because of that, it might even last for as little as five minutes. These
“big” moments in my life may turn into momentary clips that I’ll rewind past or forget about. To realize this, you find that your life may not be that spectacular. It may not be that unique. Call me an anti-optimist for now, but our lives are movies that have the potential to disappear and be of little to no existence.

But that depends on how you live it.

As we live as protagonist in our life-of-a-movie, we must choose whether we wish to live it significantly or insignificantly. But, right now, I’m not concerned with how valuable and memorable my moments are or how to alter my life to being more rebellious that it’ll make my “movie” different. I’m not worried for how these moments will seem in the future…I mean, you look at impacting lives and films, the Theory of Everything or (500) Days of Summer–they’re not necessarily ones that are out of the ordinary. They are those that are most genuine. They are those that make decisions out of their heart. And whether those decisions may outcome to failures, they eventually rise up because true failure can be the best moment of a film that unexpectedly leads to the most beautiful highlight of it all.

Make your movie significant in your own way. Make all your moments count. You do not know surely whether your movie will be remembered in the long run, but as of now, live it with your heart. Do not stop at the failures. Do not stop because it doesn’t live up to fictional expectations, because in one point in your life as you recollect on the moments that add up to your life of an hour, it doesn’t matter whether other people will remember them. It matter that you do–that you lived every second of your life and that you experienced every aspect and that you are able to call that movie yours.



3 thoughts on “A Life in an Hour

  1. mrstomjoness says:

    Reblogged this on Toeses Are Roses and commented:

    Altering my post from a year ago!
    Our lives are basically one hour films documenting short clips of our memories…But, how do we know if it’s a “good” film?


  2. sirturtleface says:

    I like your idea. Typically, people idolize movies and the protagonist’s adventures. They wish to switch places and to experience drama and excitement. They want to be the one with the exciting life and be the one with the exciting stories to tell others. Yet, they are just make-believe. Your adventure can be something special. Your adventure doesn’t have to be one of drama and explosions. Your adventure is something that is slow, but those are the best adventures. The one that is a good read; The one that lets you live the slow days and lets you experience the fast ones.


  3. jonathang0 says:

    I really like your idea of how we live a person’s life in an hour, but I think it can go much deeper than that. Usually a movie has more than one character the audience could be invested in, and their actions could affect each other, maybe even the world they live in. I also have to say, I really loved the idea that our lives are like a movie, and actions are forming our own story. True, we may not have many significant moments but, like you wrote how some of the best movies are the most genuine, if we can do what makes us happy and live our lives so that it makes it genuine, then I’m sure we’d be happy with the final product in the end.


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