This blog started out as a self-care resource and as I look back, I’m shocked that I never shared my favorite self-care activity: going to the movies. I know the whole spiel about how the movie theaters are dying out, thanks to streaming services, but to me, the movie theater is one of the most magical places in the world. There’s nothing quite like the lights dimming and for a brief few hours, there is nothing in the world except the story you are being shown on the screen. It’s being swept away and you feel everything with no buffers– it’s happiness, it’s sadness, it’s terror, and it’s love. The music bellows around you and you’re not you anymore, all that matters is the adventure on screen.
It’s similar to that feeling I used to get as a young kid reading a great book– everything drifted away as the words circled around me, forming a new world. As I got older, distractions came in and when I sit down with a book, I still feel the vibration of my phone, the sounds of the world around me on the metro, and the thoughts that never stop running through my head. The movie theater is special to me because it takes out all those distractions. I turn my phone off, I sit in the silent theater, and my thoughts focus in on the story that encompasses all my senses. It’s the one spot in the world that I truly feel I can disconnect and when life gets overwhelming or I feel a bit alone, the movie theater is the first place you can find me. It’s magic.
To honor my love for the movies, I thought I would share my four of my favorite movies of all time, though this list (other than number one) is constantly changing and my favorite quote from each.
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Favorite line: The blues are because you’re getting fat and maybe it’s been raining too long; you’re just sad, that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you’re afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of.
- You’ve Got Mail
Favorite line: “Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life – well, valuable, but small – and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around?”
- Begin Again
Favorite line: “Absolutely! That’s when the magic happens.”
- 13 Going on 30
Favorite line: “You don’t always get the dream house, but sometimes you get pretty close, you know?”