Life is Like a Reel of Unseen Footage (You Know, That Famous Saying)
We love films.
Of course we do.
They’re our opportunity to delve into multiple realities and do the things we have always wanted to do without actually having to do them. Like defeating a universe-threatening omniscient being. That’s everybody’s main priority in life, right? Well that’s what Marvel films are for. All we have to do is wiggle our bottoms into questionably sticky cinema seats and chomp on some popcorn until the feat is finished. We can tick that off our bucket-list without having to move a muscle.
Universe rescued? Check!
In a matter of minutes (120 or so, to be more precise) you’ve been presented with another realm, one that’s been designed exquisitely, perfect in all the right places, gritty in all the others. A snapshot of an existence where everybody is the hero. Pretty bad-ass, I know.
Everybody wants to be in the movies. What we don’t often realise is; we are.
Think about it. A film — kind of like a well-planned Instagram page — is the outgoing product. The output. The result of a constant stream of stuff. The two hours of footage we pay £7 for (or less if you whip out your Meerkat Market code — and no, this isn’t a paid for advertisement. Not for a lack of trying) is a combination of months of behind the scenes work. Unseen footage. Hours in meetings and make-up chairs and rehearsals.
That week-long trip to Dubai your old friend from Biology is showcasing on Facebook? The one that is spiking your envy and tempting you to sharpen your teeth by chewing on your own arm? They worked tirelessly for that. For years. Saving up the money they earned from slaving away behind the counter at Subway. Cycling to work instead of driving. Deleting the JustEat app off their phone to avoid temptation. That holiday is a combination of hard work, determination and will-power.
And often, relapses.
Moments where they caved and ordered a Dominoes. Where they spent a little too much in Primark at the weekend. A moment of weakness, as they’re often regarded. But in reality, it’s simply another reminder that we’re only human.
And since when was that a derogatory thing? We’re human, guys! We’re full of complex emotions, possibilities and energy that blossoms along our skin. That’s incredible! Sorry extraterrestrials, but yes, you heard it here first. We’re only — and proudly — human.
So don’t panic. Don’t let it flood over you like rainwater from a leaky drainpipe. Just remember: every Oscar-winning, visually explosive, memorably-momentous film is a product of its components. A combination of ups and downs and scrapped reels of footage. It’s full of lengthy rehearsals and complicated equipment. It’s full of new and unfamiliar people who, soon enough, become your people. It’s full of bloopers and cut scenes and an abundance of hard-work.
This film – much like a book, much like your story – is made up of these intricate and important pieces. The successful movie showcased to the world. But to those working on the project, it’s not about the end result. It’s the process, the journey, the experience. That’s what matters.
So don’t just strive for that glass-panelled office overlooking London in its entirety. By all means, do strive your ass off. But don’t just do that. Enjoy your journey up to that top floor. Appreciate every office you venture through, every co-worker who smiles at you in the lift. Whether you’re offered executive position tomorrow or in twenty years. Appreciate the present day. This very moment.
It’s pure, it’s real, it’s the universe happening all around you, right now. A picture-perfect moment – maybe not quite Instagram-ready – but it’s entirely you.
This is your unseen footage.