What Movies Inspired You?
First, we owe a big apology to whomever the original source of these specific quotes was, because when we first clipped it (months ago), we clipped carelessly and left out the original url. We know, not cool. But whomever they are, they did such a nice job pulling a handful of inspirational lines and thoughts from the archives of film, that we hope they won't mind if we share them here even without proper attribution. If it was you, please forgive us – and please let us know and we'll modify right away. Everything that follows, until our questions, is from the original piece:
"You get what you settle for." This inspirational quote was in the film "Thelma and Louise", starring Susan Sarandon. It's a pretty straight forward quote, with a lot of meaning behind it. What you get out of life is what you try for. If you settle for less, you will get less.
"Do or do not. There is no try." This quote comes from "The Empire Strikes Back", and the famous Yoda recites this inspirational message. It reminds us that in life, we either do something or we don't. It doesn't even matter what happens or what was achieved by it. What matters is the doing.
"From that day on, if I was ever going somewhere, I was running!" The movie "Forrest Gump" is full of inspirational quotes, and this is one of the best. The character Forrest decides to run across the country, and get where he wants to be. Perhaps we all wish we could do something like this.
"You got a dream…you gotta protect it. People can't do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can't do it. If you want something, go get it. Period." The movie "The Pursuit of Happyness" is probably one of the most inspiring movies ever made, and this quote reminds us that you have to chase after your dreams, no matter how difficult it is.
Ok, it's us again. If you've been reading @OOC for any time, you know we here hold Hollywood etc accountable for playing a part in our cultural wellness and illness. You know that we hold the makers of popular culture (along with ourselves, parents, each other etc etc) responsible for how people feel, what they see, and how and what they don't.
Our premise has always been that the makers of popular culture help define and influence so much of what we think, like, talk about etc…that they can be heroes. They can shoose to use their platforms for good or ill, or neither. It's up to them…and us, to help influence them.
Ok, enough about that. Here and now, it's about films (or songs and tv shows and books, why not) that have inspired you, lifted you up, made you feel good. Tell us what they were in the comments. Maybe even post a link to a track or two. And let's have a big hurray for Hollywood, because we heart you.
(And again, our bad and our apologies to whomever first pulled this together.)