Inception is one of my favourite movies ever. Some of you may ask – why? And the honest answer is, I don’t really know! It’s probably a combination of everything – the epic soundtrack, amazing (and hot) actors and the incredible script. When interviewed, Christopher Nolan (the director and screenwriter) said that it took nine years to write, as he wanted to perfect it, and it really shows. The script is one of the best seen in cinemas anywhere these days, I believe.
One of the most memorable quotes from the movie, in my opinion, has to be;
“You’re waiting for a train, a train that will take you far away. You know where you hope the train will take you, but you can’t be sure.”
I’m really reminded of my day in London in the summer when I hear or read this quote. Me and my best friend just bought a Travelcard and went tube-hopping, randomly jumping on trains and getting off where we fancied. At the time, the exhilaration of not knowing exactly where you are and the possibility of being lost (even though we had a map) was amazing, and the adrenaline was coursing through our bodies, giving us a chemical high. At the time, we had no idea where we were going to end up, and after 2 hours of various tubes, we arrived at Camden Market – which turned out to be the perfect end to an almost perfect day.
I’ve got no problem with planning out your life ahead – I’ve done exactly that. I know I’m going to be a teacher, but between university and then? I’m going to leave that to what I feel like at the time. The sense of unknown is kind of fearful, but exciting, as you have no idea what your life is going to bring you – and when something completely random happens, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
To the quote, the response is;
“How can it not matter to you where that train will take you?”
The doubt in this single line really points out one of my major flaws. I have a tendency to catastrophise about my future, for example, if I get one bad grade, I’m going to end up a hobo somewhere. I know it’s complete exaggeration, but that’s just where my (over-functioning) brain ends up as! My close friend has told me recently that it’s so important to live in the moment, and I’m beginning to 100% agree with him. Don’t plan out exactly what you’re going to do for the next month, leave some things until the very last minute (I’m aware that some things NEED to be planned), and I promise you’ll feel a thousand times better than you did before, if you see any of yourself in me.
Just remember – it’s your train, and it can take you wherever you want it to.
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