About Time

2014 has been such an eventful year. I made many international friends, graduated from college, moved to San Francisco, and started my first real job. To start off 2015 in hope of another great year, I want to write a post on one of my favorite movies.

“I just try to live every day as if I have to deliberately come back to this one day, to enjoy it, as if it was the full final day of my extraordinary, ordinary life.”

Not going to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it, but the gist is that the ability of time traveling gives Tim, the awkward ginger guy, a lot of hope in life. He was able to go back and forth and make situations “better.” After a few years of practicing his talent, Tim started to see that things actually aren’t that easy.

I love the final recipe of happiness that Tim’s father gives him: stop time traveling and live life like a normal person. Life is made of everything that happens in it–all the emotions, happy or sad; moments, picture-worthy or seemingly trivial; and the people you encounter, friends or strangers. It’s always a trade-off when you go back to “fix” things. As you change the course of life, you are always giving something else up. So don’t look back and savor every moment as it is.

The second piece of the advice from Tim’s father was to “live everyday again, almost exactly the same, the first time with all the tensions and worries that stop us from noticing how sweet the world can be; but the second time, noticing.” The gorgeous train station, the friendly smile of the cashier, poking fun at the angry boss–he saw everything with a bright heart and at the end of the day he was able to call it “a very good day actually.” That was also my favorite scene in the movie.

The final scene reminds me of how Morrie in Tuesdays with Morrie describes his day if he were given one more healthy 24-hour day. It’s ordinary and peaceful, doing everyday things with people but appreciating them. When people say, “well I can’t live every day as if it was my last day cause I can’t just ditch everything and go crazy today”, I think they are getting the wrong idea.

Ever since I studied abroad in England, I started to really realize how crucial and great it is to live the moment and notice the small beauties in life. Even though it’s sometimes easy to forget that as the busy city life drags me right into the whirlpool. I try my best to be like the new Tim.

To end this post on a lighter note, here is my 2nd favorite scene. A bit stereotypical and exaggerated, but it’s hilarious!