Sunday, August 15, 2010
Tip#380: Enjoy A Super Surreal Experience – Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Going through unexpected life changes can sometimes feel surreal and disorienting. This is good because its one way of shaking up your old mindset to make room for new opportunities and exciting experiences.
As I've been documenting in this blog, I have experienced so many life changes this year that my days feel so surreal. It feels like I keep stepping into a different quantum reality as factors that seemed established in my life (career, home, etc.) are constantly tossed up into the air like puzzle pieces.
Even watching the opening day screening of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World felt like a wild, hallucinatory experience. The movie is set entirely in my hometown of Toronto because creator Bryan Lee O'Malley wrote and illustrated the comic series when he lived here. Seeing familiar locations like Honest Ed's and Sonic Boom in the movie was a thrill.
One passion I'm always writing and talking about is my love for Second Cup's vanilla bean lattes. What was shockingly surreal is that the main character Scott walks right into the ACTUAL Second Cup I go to regularly near Queen St. West and Spadina Ave.! I felt my mind bend and shift as if I was in a dream watching this scene. Now you will be able to see the very same location I get my blissful vanilla bean lattes in this movie. It's surreal and yet super cool!
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World 2010
The movie Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is about a young man's battle with the seven ex's of a girl he has fallen for. Scott (Michael Sera) faces seven super powered ex's which, in itself, is part of the surreal quality of the story. It fuses so many film genres like kung fu, fantasy, slacker comedy and a love story that you just have to surrender to the journey that's unfolding and enjoy the ride.
And that's the message I've received from the universe time and again on facing and overcoming my own life challenges. Just surrender to the journey and enjoy the ride. It's about staying present and taking responsibility for all the actions you took that got you in the situation you're in now. Scott Pilgrim learns this himself by the end of the movie.
Your World Is Transforming
If life is feeling disoriented and surreal do your best to see it as a positive sign that your world is transforming for the better. Sometimes your head needs to be shaken up and twisted around in order for you to see straight again. Great ideas, solutions and epiphanies are born from adversity.
And if your positive emotional energy needs to be re-activated then come to a Second Cup in Toronto and have a blissful sip of a vanilla bean latte!
“The underlying reason for all this flash is Scott’s journey into self-awareness.”
Richard Crouse, Toronto Film Critic
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