Sunday, March 07, 2021

Tip#1237: The Recipe For Resilience, Part 43 – Coming 2 America

This is Day 355 of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Toronto, Canada. 

I haven’t been feeling well the past two weeks while in lockdown. Some of it was winter depression (SAD) but mostly I felt spiritually exhausted and an unexpected loss of purpose and drive. This is why I missed writing my blog last week and stayed off social media. 

Thankfully I feel the warmth of Spring coming and the days getting longer. The bright morning sun is shining through my window as I write this and am feeling grateful I had several self-care therapies helping me through the darkness: 

Music Therapy included listening to several Beach Boys songs over and over especially this one which helped keep my spirit afloat. I believe the title "Don't Worry Baby" was also something I needed to hear:
The Beach Boys and Lorrie Morgan - Don't Worry Baby (1996)

Food Therapy included a lot of comfort foods though I struggled to eat nutrient rich foods. At the same time I was visually stimulated by gorgeous foodie videos from the country of Azerbaijan on YouTube I had discovered. These high quality videos helped take me away to beautiful landscapes and old style outdoor cooking. The sight of these nutrient rich foods made my mouth water! 

Here are two examples: 

Country Life Vlog - Kand Hayati – Azerbaijan:
Baked Lamb Leg in Charcoal Pit with Garlic and Thyme ASMR food

Wilderness Cooking With Tavakkul – Azerbaijan:
Recipe For Traditional Azerbaijani Pilaf! Real Village Cuisine! No Talk

And, of course, I had Movie Therapy to help soothe my lethargic mind. One of these films turned out to be one of the best feel good films I’ve ever seen! 

Coming 2 America (2021) 

The comedy film, Coming 2 America, is a sequel to the original 1988 film about Prince Akeem of Zamunda (Eddie Murphy) and his family dealing with the discovery of his American son Lavelle (Jermaine Fowler). This hilarious and highly entertaining film also stars Arsenio Hall, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, Shari Headley, KiKi Layne, Wesley Snipes and James Earl Jones.
Watch: movie trailer
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This film was unexpected cinematic medicine that filled all the senses with pure fun and entertainment! There is so much I loved about this movie from all the characters (Wesley Snipes is hilarious!) to the many, fantastic musical performances and all the surprise cameos. Murphy and Hall also reprise their memorable characters that are hidden by rich, prosthetic makeup. It was recently reported that Oprah had no idea that Murphy played the old, Jewish man in the first film! 

I was amazed at this movie’s re-energizing power for nostalgia, dance, songs and colourful costumes. And it also had touching moments with important life lessons about being true to yourself and embracing the love of family. And make sure you watch past all the end credits! 

Sometimes during dark periods of feeling loss you just need to surrender and go with this flow. You can keep afloat thanks to the power of uplifting songs, visually stimulating videos and eating favourite comfort foods. And also remember the power of cinematic to keep your spirit re-vitalized and resilient!   

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Related Tips:
Part 1 – COVID-19 – 6 Movie Tips
Part 2 – COVID-19 – The Hundred-Foot Journey

Part 3 – COVID-19 – The Biggest Little Farm

Part 4 – COVID-19 – This Is the End

Part 5 – COVID-19 – Runaway Bride

Part 6 – Splash

Part 7 – Julie & Julia

Part 8 – Paris Can Wait

Part 9 – The Client 

Part 10 – The Old Guard

Part 11 – The Farmer’s Daughter
Part 12 – Amélie

Part 13 – Hail the Conquering Hero – The Lady Eve

Part 14 – Back To School

Part 15 – Project Power – An American Pickle

Part 16 – The Secret: Dare to Dream 

Part 17 – Chadwick Boseman – 42 – Black Panther
Part 18 – Phenomenon
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 
Part 38 – Appetite for Love 
Part 39 – Tomorrowland
Part 40 – Cinderella 2015

Part 41 – Top Secret! – Real Genius 
Part 42 – Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind 

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