This is Day 320 of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Toronto, Canada.
I will always marvel over the uplifting power of cinema whenever I need it most. During one recent day of the winter blues (seasonal depression, S.A.D.) I sunk deep into that familiar state of feeling disconnected, unfocused, hopeless and my body heavy like lead being injected into my blood. Thankfully a tiny, positive voice inside me whispered that it was time to watch Disney’s Tomorrowland again.
This film has a special meaning for me because it saved me from suicidal depression on its opening day in 2015. It transported me with brimming bright images of an exciting, futuristic world and with a young character that embodied the definition of indestructible optimism. And the message at the ending always leaves me re-energized and re-vitalized with hope and purpose!
I loved this film so much that I purchased two replicas of the Tomorrowland pins that are part of the plot. In the story, the Passport Pin was for accessing the future world in 1964 and the Preview Pin was for 1984 to access a breathtaking virtual reality tour of Tomorrowland. All you had to do was touch the pin. And I’ve learned that all I had to do to be reminded of my own indestructible optimism was to watch this film!
The science fiction adventure film, Tomorrowland, is about a disillusioned, middle aged genius inventor Frank (George Clooney) and a teenage science lover, Casey (Britt Robertson) embarking on a journey to an alternate dimension known as "Tomorrowland" with the help of Athena (Raffey Cassidy). This imaginative, entertaining story is filled with stunning visuals and also stars Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn and Keegan-Michael Key.
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This is a highly underrated movie that was considered a huge box office bomb and yet it had the power to speak to me deeply about its message of optimism. It was clearly saying that no matter how bad or hopeless life may appear you can choose to believe in the brighter future you want. Casey embodies this positive spirit and attitude and helps Frank find the hope, wonder and joy he lost due to a childhood trauma.
The film’s messages are also a big reminder that building an optimistic mindset can be fueled through Creative Visualization, Priming, NLP’s Future Pacing concepts and the RAS (reticular activating system). I highly recommend reading more about these terms and tools in previous blog posts: Tip#831 and Tip#759
Depression can strike any of us at any time while, for others, can expect it to reoccur every year due to the winter depression (SAD) or the anniversary of a traumatic day or memory. We just need to have reminders of our inner strengths of resilience and indestructible optimism to persevere. Movies are one powerful tool you can use to re-inject hope, positivity and joy into your spirit. Find a favourite film today to re-energize yourself and feel like a warm, sunny summer day!
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Part 8 – Paris Can Wait
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Part 13 – Hail the Conquering Hero – The Lady Eve
Part 14 – Back To School
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Part 16 – The Secret: Dare to Dream
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Part 19 – Mulan 2020
Part 20 – Waitress - Labor Day - Michael
Part 21 – Enola Holmes
Part 22 – Kiss the Ground
Part 23 – Top 5 Inspiring Thanksgiving Movie Scenes
Part 24 – Hubie Halloween
Part 25 – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Part 26 – The Queen’s Gambit
Part 27 – Trading Places
Part 28 – Greenland
Part 29 – Logan’s Run
Part 30 – Moonstruck
Part 31 – Remember the Night
Part 32 – Tenet
Part 33 – Noel
Part 34 – Soul
Part 35 – Feel Good Energy of Movies & TV Shows
Part 36 – Last Holiday 1950 & 2006
Part 37 – Synchronic
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A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation
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