I’m sure you’re all thinking that I’m going to blog about my husband… WRONG! 🙂 I’m actually going to blog about the Movie, All About Steve. I enjoy a movie that makes me think about life and keep things in perspective — not to mention a good laugh!! The movie was a bit ridiculous at times, but the overall story line was quite amazing. Sandra Bullock’s character (Mary Horowitz) was one of a unique and quirky young woman who wrote crosswords for the Sacramento Herald. She worked A-LOT, obsessed over crosswords and had an incredible knowledge base of somewhat useless information. As a result, she was lonely and socially awkward. Everyone thought she needed to change by getting out more, dating more, wearing different shoes, etc. Of course, Mary Horowitz takes it to an extreme after losing her job. Lessons are learned along the adventures experienced in this movie. At the end , however, she says the following in her narration – New York Times crossword editor, Will Schwartz, once said, “We have a compulsion to fill empty spaces.” I’d like to think he means not just crosswords, but the empty spaces inside of us that come from making our way in a world that doesn’t always embrace unique. That got my wheels turning — what do we try to fill our empty spaces with? She tried to fill hers with Steve (a guy)… Depending on who we are and what we do, we all fill our empty spaces with a number of different things. Regardless, it’s imperative to remain true to our ‘unique’ selves. Years ago I did training to be a director of Royal Family Kids Camp. Some of the words of one song we would teach the kids to sing have stayed with me for years, they are I’m one of a kind, another me you will not find. How very true those words are. As the movie was concluding, Mary said, “In the journey of life, find those as normal as you.” I find that to be reasonable advice, but if and when we cross paths with those who are a little more unique than ourselves — love them for who they are, embrace their uniqueness.
In closing, I’ll leave you with this quote:
“I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.” – Kurt Cobain