So this is my first blog post.I finally summoned courage to write this piece. Like it or not,read it.
So i just watched the.Birdman Movie. And there’s nothing but awesomeness about that movie.
Don’t we all want to believe our lives matter? Don’t we
all want to grow older thinking we’ve achieved something of
distinction? And if yes, what steps are we willing to take to insure
For anyone who hasn’t seen the movie, Birdman is the story of a
washed-up actor named Riggan Thomson. After leaving behind his
super-star, action-hero character named Birdman to pursue a “real”
acting career, Thomson struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the
days leading up to opening night he battles his ego, his doubts, and
his sanity, all the while trying to become relevant and matter to
himself, his family and the world. As might be expected, his
daughter, and other actors around him mirror his struggle with their
own quest for relevancy and meaning.
Offering a brilliant perspective on Thomson’s quest is a rant by his
daughter Sam after Thomson confesses, “This is my chance to
finally do some work that actually means something.”
Sam replies in scorn, “That means something to who? You had a
career, dad, before the third comic book movie, before people
started to forget who was inside that bird costume. You are doing
a play based on a book that was written 60 years ago for a thousand
rich old white people whose only real concern is going to be where
they have their cake and coffee when it’s over. Nobody gives a s***
Then before Thomson can answer her, Sam continues, “And let’s
face it, dad, you are not doing this for the sake of art. You are
doing this because you want to feel relevant again. Well guess what?
There is an entire world out there where people fight to be relevant
every single day and you act like it doesn’t exist. This is happening
in a place that you ignore, a place that, by the way, has already
forgotten about you. I mean, who the f*** are you? You hate
bloggers. You mock Twitter. You don’t even have a Facebook page.
You’re the one who doesn’t exist. You’re doing this because you’re
scared to death, like the rest of us, that you don’t matter and, you
know what, you’re right. You don’t! It’s not important, okay?
You’re not important! Get used to it.”
Obviously Sam’s belief that relevancy is measured by a blog, a
Facebook page and a Twitter account reflects her own quest. This
same theme is reflected in the character of Mike Shiner, an
esteemed stage actor who will do anything to make his acting
appear real and who mocks Thomson’s former movie stardom with,
“Popularity is the slutty little cousin of prestige, my friend.”
I won’t go into what happens with Thomson as he attempts to find
the relevancy he seeks.But what does it take for the rest of us
to believe our life matters?I look around and see many young people who go about their daily lives with the hope of serving in “a job where they would be making a difference.”.Be it being the next Superstar,Multimillionaire,or whatever dreams they cook up in their dusty little closets. But
even if it were possible for them all to reach their dream of fame, a first-class degree, a ‘great paying job” and to make a difference at the
same time, is that a guarantee of relevancy? Not according to
There is a quote by Jim Carey that says, “I hope everybody could get
rich and famous and will have everything they ever dreamed of, so
they will know that it’s not the answer.” This reminds me every
time I read it is that the answer to relevancy and feeling worthy is,
in the end, nothing we can find in the world outside ourselves. Most
of us frequently agree that the best things in life aren’t “things.
Yet over and over again we see examples of people spending the
precious moments of their life in mad pursuit of fame, fortune and
more and more.
When it’s all said and done, I personally believe that the gift of life
itself fulfills any requirement for relevancy. Does a dog’s life matter any less that it doesn’t have a Facebook Page or can’t (and doesn’t want to) mount a play on Broadway? Does a
tomato growing in a garden care that it doesn’t smell like a rose?
Why should any of us as humans compare the worth of our lives with
any other? As author Richard Bach said, “Here is the test to find
whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive it isn’t.”
Of course a big problem is that there are plenty of other people
more than willing to tell us what we must do to be relevant.
Philosophy, religion, advertisements and society all have a strong
and sure opinion about it. And while some of those opinions may
very well prove to be satisfying at least for a while, unless they
resonate with us authentically, it is only a matter of time before
we, like Riggan Thomson in the movie, run around like a mad man
attempting to force the issue.
Obviously Riggan Thomson cared very deeply what others thought
about his relevancy. He was willing to stake his money, his sanity
and even his very life on how others viewed him. I won’t deny that
every single one of us needs to answer the question—only that we
must answer it for ourselves and then believe the answer—before
we will ever find the peace and self acceptance we seek. Ultimately
it is SMART to realize that no one, except ourselves, can make us
feel truly worthwhile or relevant. The one and true place to find the
answer is within.
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