Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tip#845: See Life As An Adventure, Part 6 – The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

“The amazing thing about water drops is that they always take the path of least resistance. For humans it is exactly the opposite.” 
The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013)

As mentioned in tip#839 I’ve been inspired to learn more about trapped emotions from Dr. Bradley Nelson’s book The Emotion Code. It not only prompted me to look more deeply into my own trapped emotions holding me back in life and work but also in my favourite movie heroes like Pleasantville starring Tobey Maguire.

The Emotion Code is just one of many self-help related books I’ve read over the years on what has become a long journey to better understanding the ups and downs of my life. In the end I am always reminded to be thankful for what I have and to embrace the excitement of my specific path. And when I feel depressed I have good friends and uplifting cinematic role models reminding me to see life as an adventure. Better yet is to always see life through the eyes of a child!

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013)

The adventure film, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, is about a 10-year-old prodigy named T.S. Spivet (Kyle Catlett) who wins a prize from the Smithsonian museum and decides to travel alone on a freight train from his ranch in Montana to Washington D.C. This gorgeously photographed movie was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet who also made the visually sumptuous French film Amélie. Every scene is a work of art with breathtaking vistas and highly imaginative sequences throughout! See: movie trailer

The movie is also about the trapped emotions amongst T.S.’s family due to his twin brother’s accidental death. His mother (Helena Bonham Carter) and father (Callum Keith Rennie) do not speak of this tragedy causing him emotional pain. So T.S.’s cross country journey is his way of dealing with guilt and grief.

Choosing to see life as an adventure may be a difficult task when you are feeling down and in emotional pain. But it is possible when you can remember to let cinematic role models show you the way out of the darkness and focus on the beauty and gifts already around you!

Related Tips:
Tip#655: See Life As An Adventure, Part 1 - Kon-Tiki
Tip#667: See Life As An Adventure, Part 2 – 4 Movie Tips
Tip#670: See Life As An Adventure, Part 3 – The Forbidden Kingdom
Tip#704: See Life As An Adventure, Part 4 - The Book Thief
Tip#826: See Life As An Adventure, Part 5 - Water for Elephants
Tip#845: See Life As An Adventure, Part 6 – The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

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