Some of the people who have being curious about reading my blog have been suggesting me, insistingly, to write some of them in English. Personally I never thought that would happen. In any case I decided to give it a try and I was thinking one of these days, while watching a movie based on a real life story, that seems like real life is just the greatest material for a short film or even a ‘big screen’ movie, so! that’s exactly what I’ll be writing about tonight.
‘Be the actor in your life’ is what came to my mind, but how or what do you mean? a friend asked me. ‘Simple’ I said. Think of your life as a screenplay script and there’s an actor that’s going to perform as you. Like in movies, specially those that are based on real life events, these actors, the most dedicated ones at least, do ‘extreme’ things to get into character, to understand the character’s (or the real life person they’d be playing) state of mind, they try to feel what they felt, to identify with what they did. Some actors even transform their bodies to meet and play certain person or given part, like Christian Bale when he played ‘American Psycho’, he had to, literally, lose weight, exercise a lot so he could be and feel like the character was described in the novel.
Some people tend to think that acting is an overestimated profession, some don’t even see it or accept it as such; but if you think about it, many of these actors know several different languages or even have bachelors degrees, like Dulph Lundgren – Chemical Engineering or Arnold Schwarzenegger – Business and International Economics or even Rowan Atkinson – Electrical Engineering and the list just could be endless. Some of them learn how to fight, how to fly a chopper, or even a jet.
So, whats the point with all this ‘adapting skills’ they have? well, we could just be like those changing, highly adaptable actors, with the difference that we wouldn’t do it for a movie, we would use those skills, that willingness and dedication for life, after all, it is only up to us how many languages we want to learn, whether we want to have a bachelors degree or even work hard to make a good life for us and/or family.
I’d say be an actor, be a hero, seek that happy ending, adapt, fight with endless energy, a movie is not life but life can be a huge hit of a movie. Like Morgan Freeman said in Bruce Almighty: ‘A single mom who’s working two jobs and still finds time to take her kid to soccer practice, that’s a miracle. A teenager who says “no” to drugs and “yes” to an education, that’s a miracle. But what they don’t realize is they! have the power. You want to see a miracle, son? Be the miracle’
I am certain that God gave us free will for a reason, and that is for us to realize that it is the strongest power we could ever have, the power of decision, the power of achieving as much as we choose to. Like Paul Walker found his passion, through acting, for speed, find your passion, live your passion and never ever give up. Be the actor in your life.